Staff of Center of Evangelical Diakonia Košeca visited compatriots in Canada

In the beginning of May 2015 based on the invitation of Association of the Slovak lutherans living in Canada and personally in families Malinčík, Húževka, deacon Ľubomír Marcina, Anna Kušnírová and Martin Kečkáš from Center of Evangelical Diakonia visited Canada.

On Sunday 3rd May 2015 preached Marcina in St. Luke´s Church in Toronto on slovak service. Local priest Rev. Dr. Dušan Tóth thanked to brother Marcina for his courage and staunch service not only in Church, but for his 20-years service in Centre of Evangelical Diakonia in Košeca.

On 5th May, guests were attended at the whole-church conference „10th Regular Convocation“ of the Lutheran Church–Canada, East District in Kitchener, where they had opportunity to met more than 200 pastors, whose are serving in this Church. City of Kitchener was founded by german settlers and it is Headquarter of Bishop East District. City have many evangelical churches and church institutions, and also shop with religious objects Augsburg Fortress. In the afternoon they met with another slovak pastors - Dr. Dušan Tillinger, pastor in Kingsville, and Rev. Marek Sabol, pastor in Ottawa. They discussed on the questions as, for example, how to motivate believers to zeal, to self-sacrifice, service in church and in diaconia. They touched also the theme revitalization and separation of church and state.

In the next point of their program they visited community of Amish, mostly living in Canada and USA. The Amish are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships, closely related to but distinct from Mennonite churches, with whom they share Swiss Anabaptist origins. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. Next, they visited university city of London, city of Sarnia on the border with USA and also beautiful Niagara Falls.

On Sunday, 10th of May, on Mother´s Day brother Marcina spoke on the main english service and in the afternoon he served sermon on the slovak service in modern church in Kingsville, where the eyes of the mothers were fill by tears of emotion. With our guests, we said goodbye on May 12. We stayed in unforgotten memories on their visit and in hope for the next cooperation, for example exchange stay of young people, who have interested about homeland and culture of their ancestors.

Rev. Dr. Dušan Tóth, Toronto, Kanada  | 26.5.2015

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