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Students Reaching Students with the Gospel

Slovakia

Europe faces increasing challenges, with so-called ‘tolerance’ from a secular agenda on the one hand, combined with authorities’ uncertainty about how to handle the growing influence of Islam on the other. There are increasing restrictions on religious activities on campuses and national movements need your prayers for wisdom, creativity and boldness. In countries where Christianity has been oppressed for many years, where the national churches are young, and believers are few, we pray that student movements will raise up godly alumni to impact these challenging societies with the gospel.

Slovakia is a mountainous country in central Europe which seceded peacefully from Czechoslovakia in 1993. Christians in Slovakia are accepted, but also considered quite outdated. However many people would still call themselves Christian because they identify with a cultural Christianity.

VBH is a small student movement but one that shows great commitment: to each other, to bible study and to evangelism. This is bearing fruit and they have seen new groups starting in Bratislava and Banska Bystrica, as well as a group in Prešov emerging from one student continuing to pray and reach out to her friends faithfully for over a year.

Their main challenge is to raise financial support so that they can have two full time national staff. They hope that this would help them to provide regular training for student leaders, to motivate, encourage and help students to organise evangelistic events and to start regular graduate ministry.

View from the inside:

Martin Mrazik, the General Secretary of VBH, says, ‘As a student I received many blessings through student ministry. I heard God calling me to leave my former work and serve students full time. What keeps me in this work is God who keeps really changing my life, the life of students and sometimes through them their siblings or parents too.’

Martin has been encouraged by Isaiah 58:11-12: ‘The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.’

Please pray:

  • for students to be open to evangelism; to live a life of integrity and to share the gospel with their friends;
  • for provision for a second staff member.