Slovakia

Slovakia

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Area: (about twice the size of New Hampshire) total: 49,035 sq km (18,933 sq miles), land: 48,105 sq km (18,573 sq miles), water: 930 sq km (359 sq miles)

Population: 5,445,802 (July 2016 est.)

Population growth rate: 0.01% (2016 est.)

Capital City: Bratislava

Independence Day: 1 January 1993 (Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia)

Ethnic Groups: Slovak 80.7%, Hungarian 8.5%, Roma 2%, other and unspecified 8.8% (2011 est.)

Languages: Slovak (official) 78.6%, Hungarian 9.4%, Roma 2.3%, Ruthenian 1%, other or unspecified 8.8% (2011 est.)

Life Expectancy at Birth: total population: 77.1 years / male: 73.5 years / female: 80.9 years (2016 est.)

Religious Groups:

  • Roman Catholic 62%
  • Protestant 8.2%
  • Greek Catholic 3.8%
  • other or unspecified 12.5%
  • none 13.4% (2011 est.)

Slovakia’s roots can be traced to the 9th century state of Great Moravia. Subsequently, the Slovaks became part of the Hungarian Kingdom, where they remained for the next 1,000 years. Following the formation of the dual Austro-Hungarian monarchy in 1867, language and education policies favoring the use of Hungarian (Magyarization) resulted in a strengthening of Slovak nationalism and a cultivation of cultural ties with the closely related Czechs, who were under Austrian rule. After the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the close of World War I, the Slovaks joined the Czechs to form Czechoslovakia. During the interwar period, Slovak nationalist leaders pushed for autonomy within Czechoslovakia, and in 1939 Slovakia became an independent state allied with Nazi Germany. Following World War II, Czechoslovakia was reconstituted and came under communist rule within Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe. In 1968, an invasion by Warsaw Pact troops ended the efforts of the country’s leaders to liberalize communist rule and create “socialism with a human face,” ushering in a period of repression known as “normalization.” The peaceful “Velvet Revolution” swept the Communist Party from power at the end of 1989 and inaugurated a return to democratic rule and a market economy. On 1 January 1993, the country underwent a nonviolent “velvet divorce” into its two national components, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Slovakia joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004 and the euro zone on 1 January 2009.

(SOURCE: The CIA Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.)

EEMN Serving in Slovakia
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English Bible Camp participants at Puchov

The EEMN 2016 Slovakia English Bible Camp team hosted two, dynamic English Bible Camps at Púchov and Vranov. For the first time, a full youth camp for teenagers was also hosted to coincide for the entire week with the language camp at Púchov. 14 teenagers participated in the camp designed especially for them. However, the biggest blessing came after the EEMN team departed, when 13 of the teens returned on Friday evening to participate in the local church youth group! In 2017 EEMN will host language camps in Vranov and Púchov, plus a completely separate Slovakia Life and Adventure Camp for TEENAGERS that will feature day hiking in the nearby mountains, while engaging in life-equipping lessons from a Christian worldview.

2016 SLOVAKIA TEENAGE CAMP STUDENTS


MIRO MUDRAK

Miro Mudrak is the Púchov regional director of Fellowship of Lutheran Youth (SEM) and he has a huge and active heart for ministry to youth and children. He is especially troubled by the decline from active youth in church life and so desires to do everything in his capacity to make sure they do not wander away. Miro writes:

SEM is a civic organization that is active beside the Lutheran Church in Slovakia. The main goal of SEM is spreading the Gospel among young people and training and education of youth leaders of local communities and churches.

We realize these goals through different activities. It is done through regular meetings once a week, schooling programs, sport, music, local, regional and national events. All these things we try to do in a biblical way and also in a form that is attractive for young people nowadays.”

 

 

 

MISSIONARY INTERN: In July 2016 Jacob Ellis began serving for one year in youth & discipleship ministry with our SEM ministry partners in Slovakia! Please keep Jacob in your prayers during this exciting opportunity and by learning about his adventures in serving by following his Missions Blog link, below!

CLICK HERE: JAKE ELLIS – SEM MISSIONARY BLOG

 

 

 

LYDIA MELUSOVA & SLAVO SLAVIK

Slovak Evangelistic Center (ESV) is another national organization that was established for the purpose of developing an effective radio evangelistic ministry for the Lutheran Church of Slovakia. ESV is an independent mission organization, related closely to the Slovak Lutheran Church. Its aim is to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, to bring people to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to build a strong Christian mission in Slovakia. Director, Slavomir Slavik, has served with the Center since 2001 and is actively engaged in promoting missions and outreach on an international scale. In May 2017 ESV is scheduled to host an International Missions Conference in which 600-700 pastors and ministry workers are anticipated to attend!

 

Lydia Melusova is a blessed servant of the Lord and a valuable partner in ministry with EEMN. She has been involved with EEMN since close to the beginning of our presence in Slovakia and serves as our English Bible Camp liaison and coordinator. Lydia also works as ESV Ministries assistant to Slavo Slavik.