In June, 820 young people finished their school lessons in Bratislava, Slovakia. 10 years ago a team of Christians from a local church fixed up an old Soviet school building, recruited teachers enrolled a few hundred students and named their school after CS Lewis. Parents pay tuition covering half the costs and the city pays the other half.
Bratislava is now giving CS Lewis School the chance to claim a 25-year lease for a second school campus. Over the summer, teams of parents and contractors started using the $600,000 raised to repair part of the campus, so that the high school age students could begin last week. But they still need to raise another $1,000,000 for repairs to the rest of the campus that was left derelict over the last decade. The school board may now offer a solid education founded on an integrated faith perspective in the capital city of Slovakia to over 1300 students a year!
I’m sure like me your response is, “Beautiful! Praise God for this opportunity!” If you have ever tried to start something you will likely appreciate the courage and hard work of these Slovak founders undertaking this challenge. People of faith who have experienced God’s grace can’t stop offering the same for their neighbor.
After Paul tells the Ephesians, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; … it is the gift of God, not of works.” He continues, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” We derive our English word poetry from the Greek word “poiema” – translated workmanship in this verse.
We are God’s poetry, a beautiful story that in an unexpected way says so much more than a casual glance reveals.