Serving Slovakia Details


In 2007, 22 people from New Heights Church headed to Martin, Slovakia, unsure of what was ahead of them. They found a beautiful country, gracious people, the adventure of a lifetime, and a newfound understanding of who God is and how He works in the lives of His people, everywhere.

Serving Slovakia is a short-term mission experience for individuals 18 years of age or older (individuals younger than 18 may be considered if traveling with a parent), that provides an opportunity to see God at work while sharing the love of Christ with the people of Slovakia. This is an exciting and fulfilling way to see how the body of Christ works and how God can use you to make a difference in the lives of others.

Purpose of the Trip

Partnering with our friends at the Center for Christian Education, (, we’ll be spending 2 weeks (July 3-19) in Martin, Slovakia. During our time there, we’ll be teaching conversational English to Slovak citizens from the surrounding area, as well as serving and encouraging our friends at the CCE and the local church. Training meetings, which take place prior to departure, will include training for the English classes, spiritual preparation, and cultural/travel information. No prior EFL/ESL experience is required – just the ability to carry on a conversation!


Our team will consist of 35 people: 3-5 EFL teachers; 25-30 conversational “coaches”.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Servant heart.
  • Flexible spirit.
  • 18 years of age or over. (Exceptions can be made for those traveling with an adult.)

Serving Slovakia Commitments & Requirements

We ask that you be:

  • Committed to Christ by developing and growing in faith.
  • Committed to serving our Slovak students, your fellow team members and the staff of the CCE.
  • Committed to attending training meetings.
  • Committed to prayer and establishing a prayer team that will faithfully pray for you and the team.


We’ll have five large-group training meetings as well as training for the individual teams. These meetings will include training for the EFL classes, spiritual preparedness, and cultural/travel information.


The CCE will be arranging lodging for us, which will be included in the overall cost.


Actual cost will be determined once group size is known and reservations are made. At this point, we estimate the cost will be from $2,500 – 2,800. Cost includes airfare, lodging, breakfast, lunch, transportation and sightseeing trips. Most dinners are on your own (average cost: $5-8 per meal) although some will be included with various trips. We do have access to two kitchens, and grocery stores are within walking distance.

Important Dates

Application Deadline:February 24
Application Notification:March 2
Non-Refundable Deposit Due:At first team meeting ($200)
Training Meetings:TBD (usually Sunday afternoons)
Celebration/Commissioning Dinner:TBD
Departure Date:July 3
Return Date:July 19

Important Trip Dates

Depart PDX:July 3
Arrive in Martin:July 4
Worship Services; Prepare Classrooms:July 5
Classes Begin (Monday – Friday):July 6
All-Day Sightseeing Trip:July 11
Worship Services:July 12
Classes Resume:July 13
Last Day of Classes:July 17
Depart Martin; Afternoon/Evening in departure city:July 18
Depart/Arrive at PDX:July 19

If you have any further questions, please contact Shelly Johnson at or at 360-314-3408.

What’s Next?

  • Read the overview of Serving Slovakia. See if it fits you and where God is leading you.
  • Pray about your interest and desire in being a part of Serving Slovakia.
  • Fill out an application and turn it in at any New Heights lobby, the church office or email it to by February 24.
  • Apply for a U.S. passport, if you don’t already have one. Go to for more information. If you do have one, make sure it doesn’t expire before October 18, 2020.

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