Our synod celebrates Companion Synod ties with the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia (ECAV) this year on Companion Synod Sunday. Pictured is a poster from Bratislava seminary, which the ELCA helped fund and local congregation members helped furnish a student dorm room according to the Rev. Bob Allard, synod Global Missions Team.
The ECAV is the second largest church in Slovakia. According to the World Council of Churches, spiritual revival in the life of the ECAV is reflected in the work of Evangelical Diakonia, which includes homes for the elderly, a children’s home and a boarding school for deaf and blind children. In the area of education, the ECAV runs 15 schools. Theological formation is provided at the evangelical theological school of the Comenius University in Bratislava, and the Bible school in Martin offers education for non-ordained church co-workers. The missionary activities of the church are fostered by the ECAV Centre for Evangelism Media and the Evangelical Media Programme. The media work of the church (press, radio and TV) is particularly important. The spiritual and moral renewal of the country is an active mission of the ECAV.