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Update – XI.2018

Here is an update as well as (between the lines) prayer topics.

Reaching Out – Ministry Highways
Recently we realized that we are sharing the Gospel mainly with girls, through our music ministry and English camps. Girls are more interested in joining these programs than guys. So, we have been thinking about how to reach more boys. Now a sport ministry called EDGE has been developed. Last Saturday we organized the first EDGE Floorball tournament.  Our edge director, Ed Rumbold, did great job with his team and it was very encouraging to share from the Scripture with so many young men and FEW girls.

Our colleague Lenka Simockova is pregnant. What a joy!!!! It’s a great way to expand His kingdom. Lenka leads the EXIT Tour ministry, which is doing four weeks of EXIT Tours this Fall. Please pray we would be able to continue sharing the Good News with high-schoolers. Why? Please take a minute to watch Nina’s story – http://www.hrubo.tckompas.sk//video. Last week I participated in the EXIT tour in the town of Dolny Kubín. I did my seminar on unemployment prevention. I love to doing that.

In these days some of our Kompas staff have just returned from a USA trip to recruit US local church teams and interns. We need more mission teams for summer camps. Last summer we did fourteen camps with twelve mission teams. And this year even more Slovak churches are interested in doing camps. Would your church mission team or a potential intern like to join us this summer? Please just let me know. I’ll be happy to send you all the information.

Training of Leaders
On November the thirteenth, Josiah Venture finally got the building permit to build the new Conference center in the Czech Republic. The neighbors surrounding the property now have fourteen days to appeal.  Would you be in earnest prayer during this time for protection, favor and wisdom. We are asking God to hold them back from taking any steps to block us. This next week will be VERY important.

Last week, Eva and I served at the KPM 25plus conference. This was a brand new conference for young leaders who are older than twenty five years old. We had a great time with that group; most of whom have finished their university and are now at work. We had many opportunities to mentor people and help them move forward in their lives.

We have three new national staff members. Timo Mahrik – operational director, Simona Sabova – School of Leaders/Training Conference assistant and Milos Myjavec – EXIT Tour technician. They have all joined us since September 2018. As a result, our Kompas team is stronger! I am convinced that our staff is the most precious gift we have here at Kompas.

Last October we kicked off  the new School of Leaders year with twenty one students. This is the largest class in several years. The reason we took more is that in October 2019 we would like to start a new training program for full time workers in Christian ministry. Please pray with us for the financial support that needs to be raised for the next school year.

Update About the Hrubos
We praise the Lord for being healthy and strong. Recently we were waiting for our daughter’s biopsy results. Finally, there was good ending – there is no reason for concern.  In these days we feel like we are more busy than usual, as the Kompas ministry grows. Eva is especially busy with the Kompas accommodations and she will need an assistant soon. But we still like and love each other amid the stress. Usually I start my EXIT tour lecture in the schools by saying that Eva is like wine. The older the better. And it is the truth!

I still play ice hockey twice a week and I feel pretty good about it. We try not to hurt each other. No hard hits. Finally I can compete with big guys, because I don’t need a big body for success.

Moving situation
There has been some slight progress in our apartment moving situation. In the Fall, we signed a contract to build a small duplex with a small garden. Last week we signed the contract to sell our current flat. It was not an easy process, but the Lord did a miracle. A friend of ours would like to buy it, and she already paid the deposit! But if we want to move to the new row house we contracted, another miracle is needed. Our bank changed their policy and decided not to give us the needed loan. When we learned about it in the beginning, it looked really bad, because we had already paid the deposit for the new house they are building and we did not want to lose it. But then a family member promised to help us with the needed amount under one condition – no interest! Isn’t it great? Well, we still need to improvise and to be creative, because our relative will not provide the full amount. But at least we will have a place to move. The house should be done in March of next year.

Spiritually I feel like I still love to share the Gospel and spend time with non-church people. I recently challenged our Kompas restaurant tenant to do a four part evangelistic study called LOOK. Please pray he and his wife would agree and start in January.

Local firm outreach (IMMI)
I love to do short Bible devotions with the employees of a local manufacturing firm during their lunch hour. It is very exciting to be with them, to talk, listen and learn. We do that every week during the afternoon shift. It is something like a small group (about 10 workers are present). I love it.

Our year 2017

In these few lines I would like to briefly describe our year 2017.

In the beginning of the year I faced a challenge to accept, or not to accept a job position of general manager in one local Zilina company, which happens to be one of our TCK partner/supporters. But in the end, God’s will was for me to continue in the Kompas ministry. However, the Lord used this challenge to start a process of significant structural changes in TCK. After 10 years, we feel like I needed to change my job focus from executive director to a presidential role. It means that I will work more on vision casting, public representation of the organization, support raising for the national ministry of Kompas and relationships with the local church partners. Plus, I will be more involved in Josiah Venture on an international level. The change process should be completed by the end of 2018, when a new TCK operational leader will be in training.

In January we opened a new 24 hour online prayer watch. I’ve gained a new impulse to move forward in my prayer life through this new interactive tool. Our personal and current prayer needs are regularly shared there, as well as our fellow JV missionaries around Central Europe. I would love for each of you to join our prayer movement at least once, to experience it personally. Your personal hour can be booked online at https://www.josiahventure.com/pray/

Our daughter Michaela graduated with her masters degree last summer. She now teaches at a local basic school. We are proud parents, she is doing well and she loves teaching although it is a challenge. Her husband Marian is the senior pastor of our mother church and he is a great husband. Daniela continues her masters study in marketing (2 more years). We are pleased to see how she is overcoming life’s hurdles and is prospering spiritually.

We are in the second year our local church plant called “Beyond the church”. There are a lot of opportunities to serve spiritual seekers who normally would not come to a traditional Christian service. I also joined the national Church planting team. Our vision is in 10 years to see 10 new local churches, 10 new missional communities (MC) and 10 potential MC leaders. I was also part of the SOMA church planting school as well as the Church planter’s assessment training.

In the Fall we signed a house contract to build a small duplex with a small garden. It should be finished at the end of 2018. It seems that our dream will come true after eight years of seeking a solution for a bigger living room (our church community’s big need). We can’t wait for a change in spite of the debt.

This year Evka and I celebrated 25 years of marriage. Marriage exceeds my expectations and I need to say, that I praise the Lord for that day before the wedding altar. Our relationship is in a great condition to know each other deeper in spiritual growth as well as in a deeper celebration of our Lord. We are grateful to the Lord for our physical, emotional and spiritual health.

We thank you for your friendship and partnership, as we seek to raise up this young generation of Slovaks through Training Center Kompas.

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