Slovakia is in Central Europe. It’s people are peaceful but have suffered from other empires in Europe that have ruled over them. Hungarians, Austrians, Turks, Germans and Russians have ruled over them through the centuries. Recently the Slovaks celebrated the twenty fifth anniversary of their liberation from communism.
We stayed in a hotel on the last two nights of our stay in Bratislava. The dining room was like a museum. I was amazed at the animals that are displayed there. On one wall were the hides of a bear, two leopards and two wolves.
I thought of the scriptures from proverbs,
Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people. (Proverbs 28:15 NIV)
The Slovak people have had their share of others ruling over them. The symbols of the dead animals remind me that those oppressors are not ruling over the Slovak people any more. There is a new generation of people who are recovering from the former oppression and with God’s help are being set free and are prospering.
Pope John Paul 11 said that Slovakia will help the rest of Europe. How can a humble people influence the rest of the nations around about. By their example of love, humility and forgiveness. As they know God’s love they reach out to others.
Branio is a Worship leader who plays the guitar and sings in Slovakia. He was having a week of meetings throughout the country while we were there. On the Thursday night he fell and broke his wrist. That would have meant he could not have continued the scheduled meetings. Fifteen people gathered around him and prayed for him. He could feel cracking in his wrist and the pain ease. He composed himself and tried to play his guitar. His wrist worked as normal. He did not have to go to hospital. He continued with his appointments for the rest of the week.
The prayers of many brought him healing. God healed his arm. There are signs and wonders happening in Slovakia. There is joy and freedom instead of oppression over the people. The lion and the bear are defeated.