You might call Slovakia’s Lutherans survivors. Organized during Martin Luther’s Reformation, the Evangelical (Lutheran) Church of the Augsburg Confession has endured political unrest, war and persecution. In the years after World War II, this Eastern European church prevailed against a communist ideology aimed at eliminating religion. Today young adults in the church work to restore their nation’s once-vibrant faith.
Since 1998 the Christian Education Center in Martin, Slovakia, has trained Christian workers for the 21st century. It’s the vision of Bohdan Hrobon, 39, an Oxford [England] University scholar and descendant of six generations of Slovak Lutheran pastors.
|Zuzana Medvedova (left), Maria Hrobonova and Jakub Pales work out mathematics problems while teacher and principal Jozef Sopoliga looks on.|
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