On the base of Agreement between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in the United States of America and the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic, the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia every year accept voluntary teachers from the USA.
They are teachers at evangelical schools in Slovakia, namely at school in Bratislava, Kosice, Tisovec, Liptovsky Mikulas and after the first year of good experience will continue also education at the school in Rimavska Sobota. They teach selected subjects in English language. For the school year 2017-2018 we could welcomed 9 new teachers. Another 6 teachers decided to lengthen their activity at school.
The Orientation Week was held at the space of the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Bratislava from 13th up to 18th August 2017. The preliminary course was led by new Regional Representative of the ELCA Global Mission for Europe Viking Dietrich, pastor of the Bratislava International Church (BIC) Derek Harman and teachers Bill and Kathy Fredell. For the new teachers was provided basic information, mainly in the field of religious and culture heritage and in the field of national legal regulations applicable in the field of education and culture in the Slovak Republic.
Part of their program was visit at the General Bishop´s Office of the ECAC in Slovakia in Bratislava. The Secretary for the School and Religious Daniela Vesela had a presentation about the schools and the presentation about the Evangelical Church in Slovakia. The whole week of preparation ended with the Worship Service. At the service took part the Bishop of the Western District Milan Krivda on behalf of the General Bishop Miloš Klátik. He welcomed all teachers, passed them greetings and wished them God´s blessings in their service. On the end of the service he granted them Aaron´s blessings.