Grace Church hosts its annual Slovak dinner on Friday, January 17, benefiting the Center for Christian Education (CCE) in Martin, Slovakia. Beginning at 5:30 pm, the evening will include an authentic Slovak dinner, a cash bar, entertainment, and a silent auction. Leaders from the CCE will present an update on their ministry.
The cost is $50 per person. Tickets can be purchased online now. They will also be available in the Grace atrium on January 5 and 12.
Founded in 1998, the Center for Christian Education brings the Gospel to the people of Slovakia, who endured four decades of Communist rule aimed at eliminating organized religion. The CCE’s Lutheran Academy provides accredited, Christ-centered education to students from preschool through high school. English is taught in all grades, and the five-year bilingual Lutheran High School equips graduates for university study in a global world. Ranked one of Slovakia’s top ten schools, the Academy is widely considered the best school in Martin, a community of 55,000.
CCE’s outreach programs, led by American volunteers, include Vacation Bible School, youth camps for middle-school and junior-high students, peer ministry for high-school students, and English as a Foreign Language classes. Grace Church mission teams travel to Martin every summer to teach VBS to 200 children.
Since 2013, the Lutheran High School has occupied space in a three-story building once home to a publisher of Communist propaganda. Significant renovation has been needed to make this building functional for education. The ongoing work of a professional building crew is supplemented by school parents and by “builder group” mission trips organized by U.S. partner churches. Several Grace members have participated in these builder group mission trips. Proceeds from Grace’s Slovakia fundraiser will help continue the renovation effort.