18 May 2021

Vaccinated!

April/May 2021 McNary Ministry Update
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Team J&J!
We are glad that during our vacation in Arkansas in late-March to early-April we were able to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. We were both pretty tired the two days after our shots, but are thankful that we were able to find a way to receive the vaccine in the US. It is not possible for foreigners living in Slovakia but who have insurance from another country (that includes us) to receive the vaccine. This is creating problems for other ex-pats we know. Hope you are vaccinated too! Don't forget to go back for your second shot if you did not join team J&J. 
Rene Ferko was commissioned as Regional Coordinator for Roma ministry by the Czech Apostolic Church in the city of Most, CZ on 2 May. I am thankful that I was able to be present on this special day. As Rene spoke about his faith journey, one phrase continues to resonate with me. As a Roma person he confessed, "I have hurt many Czechs...and I continue to ask for forgiveness. I pray that God may use me to reach not only Roma but Czech people as well." Thanks be to God for calling and equipping Spirit-led leaders such as Rene and his spouse Andrea. Please pray for them as they serve all across the north-central area of Czechia. 
Prayer Requests
  • Remember our son, Taylor, and his fiancĂ©, Hailey.
  • Praise for a wonderful experience returning to the US for vacation and successful re-entry into Slovakia.
  • Thanks for generous gifts to support ministry in Slovakia.
  • Praise for a wonderful online mission's gathering with Slovak Baptist Union that included an emphasis on ministry with Roma.
  • Praise for successful completion of the Freedom of Religion or Believe Training Programme done in collaboration between the EBF's Freedom & Justice Commission (Shane is chair) and the International Baptist Theological Study Centre (IBTS) in Amsterdam. 17 people completed the first course and we already have multiple inquiries about the second cohort that will begin in early September.
  • Jon & Tanya Parks (daughters Abigail and Kaitlyn) are leaving CBF Field Service at the end of May and returning to the United States. Pray blessings upon them as they return and on the ministry partners they have cultivated and engaged with here in Slovakia. 
OH MY! Thank you so much for the quick and generous response to the idea of sending books to Slovakia to help our local ministry partners in Cinobana. Don't take my word for it....
Dianne is meeting with some of the ministry partners Tanya & Jon have been working with utilizing Community Health Evangelism (CHE) in the days ahead. Pray for the celebration of the Parks' service among their partners and wisdom for Dianne as she seeks to come alongside of already-existing ministries. Pray for wisdom and understanding for Dianne and the local leaders. 
For those who want to support our ministry but do not give online, you can mail checks to the following address with notation that it is for McNary Programming.  Thank you for your prayers and generous support of the Offering for Global Missions as well as our ministry.
 
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 
   P.O. Box 102972 
   Atlanta, GA 30368-2972

Home mailing address:
Allendeho 1550/3
05951 Poprad-Matejovce
Slovakia


US mailing address:
107 Santa Fe Trl
Little Rock, AR  72205-2201
RShaneMcNary
CBF Romany Ministries
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14 March 2021

Beyond

March 2021 McNary Ministry Update
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Beyond
In a call with the Executive Committee of the European Baptist Federation, Sam, who leads the Youth and Children's work for the EBF commented on how she felt after a year of lockdowns, sadness, and disruptions. In doing so, she shared how she has latched onto the word beyond.
This description resonated with me. In seeking equilibrium after trauma or significant change, I often focus on getting back to what I knew before. Beyond reminds me that going back may not always be the healthiest option.
One day we will be beyond the current limitations of ministry, travel, and in-person contact. Beyond the loss so many of us have felt during the past year, there is hope that God is preparing a new way of being and doing ministry. Navigating the waters and arriving on the far shores, we hope for what is to come, beyond.
Community Impact
Community collaboration is important in transformational development. We seek to be catalysts for various parts of a community to work together. A clear example of this is how we utilize short-term ministry teams who often serve in local schools in English conversation. We work closely with our local partner(s), local schools including administrators and English teachers. In this way, we elevate the visibility of our local partners so that they are better positioned to make a difference in their own community. It is also a way to serve - not exclusively the Roma - so that the whole community benefits.
  
We have had no short-term teams since March 2020 and it appears we will have none until perhaps September of this year; therefore, we have tried to be creative in maintaining our community-wide impact through our local partners. We have not had a team in Cinobana for a few summers, so we decided to reach out to them for this proposed collaboration.

The goal is to supplement the English language education at the Cinobana grade school while we also enhance the community outreach of the Cinobana ministry center.

The way we will do this is to provide them with a number of books in English. The English teacher at the school was thrilled by the offer. In consultation with Julia at the Cinobana ministry center, we have put together a Wishlist with the books they would like.

You can join in this collaborative effort from right where you are!

We are travelling to the US in late March for a little vacation and to celebrate Shane's mom's milestone birthday. When we return, we will have room to haul back books you purchase and have shipped directly to our house in Arkansas.

I am aware that there is an online bookstore everyone has heard of...it starts with an A. I am also committed to supporting local, independent bookstores as much as possible. To that end, I have set up a wish list at WordsWorth Books in Little Rock, AR. You can buy from your home and they will ship to our home in Little Rock where we can pick it up. Please order before Easter so we can get it packed for our return. 

To order a book or books for Cinobana: Wish List

If you would prefer to buy from your favorite local bookstore, please email me right after you order it so that I can update the list as soon as possible. Please have shipped to our Arkansas address:

107 Santa Fe Trl
Little Rock AR 72205-2201
Prayer Requests
  • Continue to pray for Vazec and Jelsava where COVID outbreaks continue. Restrictions of movement have once again been increased across the country as of 3 March.
  • For us as we travel back to the United States for a brief vacation in late March and a smooth return to Slovakia in April.
  • Thanks for generous gifts to support ministry in Slovakia.
  • Wisdom for leaders of Slovakia's government in dealing with the pandemic and the shift towards providing the vaccine.
Thank you so much to the many who responded to our request for US postage stamps. We have enough to last us for the year! You all are wonderful partners.
For those who want to support our ministry but do not give online, you can mail checks to the following address with notation that it is for McNary Programming.  Thank you for your prayers and generous support of our ministry.
 
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 
   P.O. Box 102972 
   Atlanta, GA 30368-2972

Home mailing address:
Allendeho 1550/3
05951 Poprad-Matejovce
Slovakia


US mailing address:
107 Santa Fe Trl
Little Rock, AR  72205-2201
RShaneMcNary
CBF Romany Ministries
McNary Ministry
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How about dinner? Lunch maybe?

February 2021 McNary Ministry Update
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You've Got Mail!
We recently updated our mailing list and added several new subscribers. Newly added to our list were people who have donated recently, requested to be added, or had updated your contact information within the past several months. 
While we enjoy having each of you with us, we do understand if you would prefer not to receive this update. If that describes you, you can simply click on the link at the bottom of this email to "unsubscribe from this list." 
Some of the updates included postal mail addresses. We remind you that we send an update letter once per year just prior to Christmas. If you do not receive a letter from us and would like to, please respond to this newsletter and provide us with your mailing address. Likewise, if you would rather not receive the annual update, you can drop us an email and let us know that as well.
Breaking Bread
After months without gathering with others for a meal, we decided to do something about it! Since we are going to be eating at home anyway, we began reaching out to friends to share a meal, drinks, and/or dessert over Zoom. WE LOVE IT!
Already we have caught up with friends from the US, around Europe, and even Japan. Depending on the time zone, we have had dinner when others are eating lunch, we have had dinner together, or enjoyed desserts and coffee.
What is really fun has been figuring out what recipes we can cook together. It has been so much fun enjoying new and sharing our favorite recipes.
How about joining with us? Contact Dianne and let's set a date!
Prayer Requests
  • After a COVID outbreak in Vazec among the Roma, the city declared it a crisis situation. However, after the press showed up to once again shine a light on how the local government responds to the needs of the Roma who live there, the city reneged on plans to shut off the settlement and control the spread of the virus. Sadly, this decision will only further agitate everyone in the community and risk spreading the virus even further. Pray for the multiple dozens of people who are COVID positive, Jekh Drom as they continue to respond with food and medical aid as well as fire wood, and for wisdom so that good decisions can be made on how to handle the situation.
  • Pray for friends in Jelsava where there is a significant COVID outbreak. Several who attended the Bible study (we have not regularly met in person in months) were positive. 
  • Pray for the 18 participants in the Freedom of Religion or Belief Training Programme as well as Kieryn and Shane as they co-facilitate the course.
  • Pray for Sylvester and Cayden, our student.go interns this semester who will research human rights/freedom of religion or belief situation in five different countries from West Africa to Central Asia. 
  • Pray for our safe travel to the US for vacation in late March
Thank you so much to the many who responded to our request for US postage stamps. We have enough to last us for the year! You all are wonderful partners.
For those who want to support our ministry but do not give online, you can mail checks to the following address with notation that it is for McNary Programming.  Thank you for your prayers and generous support of our ministry.
 
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 
   P.O. Box 102972 
   Atlanta, GA 30368-2972

Home mailing address:
Allendeho 1550/3
05951 Poprad-Matejovce
Slovakia


US mailing address:
107 Santa Fe Trl
Little Rock, AR  72205-2201
RShaneMcNary
CBF Romany Ministries
McNary Ministry
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