“During our survey trip, we sat down with three Slovak national pastors and this statement from one of them was the common thread woven through each conversation: ‘There is much work to be done here and not enough workers.’ After three years on the field, we wholeheartedly agree.” — ABWE Missionary
The Spiritual Need in Slovakia
Slovakia’s history of Communism continues to have lingering negative effects. For more than 40 years, Slovakia was part of Czechoslovakia, a country in the Soviet bloc where religious freedom was repressed and Christians were persecuted. Today there is freedom, but resonating effects from Communism still exist in politics, general society in general, and even in the church. Evangelicals make up less than 0.2 percent of 5.5 million people in Slovakia.
Slovakia’s spiritual landscape is full of roadblocks preventing people from a true relationship with Christ. For many people in Slovakia, religion is a mere formality, and church is a place one only goes for major events and holidays. People here have grown skeptical of Christianity and are dissatisfied with the answers it provides. Though they are aware of Jesus, they need believers to show them the true meaning of a relationship with Christ.
ABWE in Slovakia
ABWE’s team has a 16-year relationship with the church in Slovakia. Our focus has centered on providing personal support for planting churches, providing translations of books and materials into Slovak, and serving as personal examples that the mission of God is worth any sacrifice.
Our goal is to continue to evangelize and disciple new believers, while mentoring a number of church planters strategically located across the nation. By laying this groundwork, we are enabling the Slovaks to evangelize their own country with the gospel and sustain a growing church planting movement without missionary assistance.
Experienced and well-trained church planters, pastors, theological educators, youth and children’s workers, musicians, and dedicated evangelists are needed. With less than 60 evangelical churches and even fewer trained leaders, Slovakia is ripe for the vision of our team missionaries.