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So I’m going to Slovakia: The Nitty Gritty

So I’m going to Slovakia: The Nitty Gritty

Flag of Slovakia
Originally uploaded by herwigphoto.com.

Did you know that the ELCA supports around 250 missionaries around the globe?

30% of these are participates in the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Program. Every year young adults between ages 19 and 30 spend a year abroad, serving communities and sharing the Gospel. This year I will be one of them. Starting in August, I will be spending my year of service in Slovakia. I am excited to share this opportunity with you and I want to share with you a little about what I am doing and how you can support me and my fellow YAGM.

The YAGM program is designed for Young Adults to serve a year in a global setting. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) believes in investing in Young Adults. The ELCA is committed to helping develop leaders for our church who are globally formed and globally informed. The mission model we follow is one of accompaniment. Like Jesus we are asked to walk along side our neighbors. We are asked to show them that God is already where they are, ready to meet them and love them.

YAGM Volunteers serve in a variety of places from the United Kingdom and Kenya to India and Argentina. Many work with the poor through local charity organizations or through local congregations. Each Volunteer receives a meager stipend to pay for daily living expenses. The volunteers are challenged in through work, language, culture and faith.

I will be serving in Slovakia. Slovakia is located in central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Ukraine and Hungry. I will be spending 3 weeks doing intensive language study in Slovak and then I will be placed in the Tren?Ūn region in the town of Vrbovce. During my year of service I will be working with a local congregation as well as various other tasks such as helping out in orphanages and working with the Romany population. The Romany are a unique ethnic group that is often poor and neglected. I will have more details as I get closer to leaving in August.

My service overseas is not just my experience, it is your experience too!!! It will be a shared experience for several of the following reasons.
Prayer: This opportunity would not be possible without encouragement and support from a larger body of believers. Please pray for me and the other volunteers serving the lord all over the world. Please let me now how I can pray for you as well.
Letters: I will be sending monthly newsletters and pictures highlighting my faith journey and of those around me. I encourage you to share with me what is going on in your lives, as the people I will be serving will love the opportunity to see and understand American culture.

Financial Support: The ELCA spends about $9,000 for every YAGM volunteer to send them for service overseas. We are asked to share some of that responsibility by raising support. Volunteers are asked to raise $3400 dollars. If you contribute you are investing in not just in my mission but, all the missionaries that the ELCA supports.

If you would like to contribute please send a check to

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
1201 Courthouse Road – Stafford, VA 22554
Phone: (540) 659-6366

Please make the check out to St. Peterís Lutheran Church.
Designate it for Mark Molter Mission

I am very excited to share this opportunity with you. If you have any questions or would like to be added to my newsletter email list please feel free to contact me throughout the year. Mark@moltron.net

NOTE: I will be spending my summer before I leave as a counselor at Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp in Virginia. Email would work best. Mark@moltron.net

I will be sending a copy of my newsletters to the Saint Peterís Lutheran Church of Stafford office if you would like to receive a hard copy.

The world turns rather fast sometimes.

The world turns rather fast sometimes.

OK, so I haven’t updated in a while. I apologize for that. I do have some exciting news, actually, it is quite a lot of exciting news.

Mark Molter
Slovak Embassy in Washington, DC

So After applying to do Global Mission work in February I was accepted. I then attended a weekend event in April where I interviewed for several countries. I now know I will now be going to Slovakia. This is really exciting. I will be spending a year in Slovakia learning the language and spreading the love of Christ. It will most definitely be a challenge. Related to this is that this past weekend May 12th, Washington DC had an event where a large majority of the European Union nations embassies were open to the public. I was able to visit and see the Slovak Embassy and meet the Ambassador.

The other exciting news is in June I will be starting summer camp. I will be a camp counselor at Caroline Furnace. This is a new experience for me and I am psyched about it. I will have plenty of fun in the outdoors teaching and leading kids. This is a great opportunity to prepare me for my service in Slovakia.

On a lesser note I found a job until camp starts. I was looking for one for quite awhile. I am working back at Professional Healthcare working in the Personal Care department. It is interesting and harried work. I am learning just how much our healthcare system needs improvement and realizing that many immigrants who come to our country work very hard for little pay. We complain all the time about but many things these hard working people do we wouldn’t even think about doing for the pay they receive. I am learning and understanding a different side of economic divide that many being overlook.

Well that’s all the news I have at the moment.