Back in the States

[NOTE: this is the same information we sent in our e-newsletter earlier today]

A couple of weeks ago, we sent an update about our visa problems and mentioned we would be coming back to the U.S. for a little while.  We haven’t filled you in on all the details, because those details have changed almost daily! (see some pictures below)  But the end result is that we arrived in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday (Sat. 11/3) and will be staying here with family for a few weeks.

While this has been an unexpected and stressful time, we have faith in God’s timing.  God has answered your prayers in many unexpected ways, and we believe that he has a reason for this temporary “exile.”

We will be here at least a month, but we’re not certain exactly how long – we will return as soon as our paperwork clears.  Our first couple of weeks will include a trip to Washington D.C. to submit those papers at the Slovak Embassy.  Otherwise, we plan to stay in/near Louisville in order to focus on our priorities for our time here.  Those are,

  1. to take the necessary steps to return to Slovakia as soon as possible, and
  2. to continue our learning (girls’ schooling, our language and culture) so we don’t lose valuable ground while we’re away from our new home.

Please pray with us toward these ends, and pray also that we will be patient and faithful as we wait!  Please also remain in prayer for the teachers and staff at the Roma School, which are under increased pressure from the national government.

In the meantime, we look forward to talking with you while we’re here – write us an email (jonandtanyaparks AT gmail DOT com) or send a note in the mail to:

Jon & Tanya Parks
c/o John Lepper
4214 Garden Ridge Road
Crestwood, KY 40014

We love you all and appreciate your continued prayers and support – please write with any questions, and check this blog page for more frequent updates.

Waiting with hope,
Jon & Tanya, Abigail & Kaitlyn


We had anticipated leaving on Monday (10/29) but were delayed because Hurricane Sandy shut down flights.  The unexpected few days were not wasted, though – we got to spend extra time with our mission colleague Shane McNary, who was in Kosice for a brief visit.  Other activities this last week included…


We got to see the first snow of the season – it wasn’t much, but it was really pretty! We’ll be seeing a lot more this winter.


We took the girls to the Roma school on Tuesday. They were having a school-wide “fun day,” and we had a great time just hanging out!


Jon (in white) played soccer with the boys for a while.  He hadn’t done that in a while, and was fairly sore for a couple of days. 🙂

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  1. Prayers continue to be uplifted for all of you. God has a bigger plan for you and your devotion to help others. We really enjoyed having you at Franklin Baptist Church in Virginia as you uplifted many of what you were planning to do. God is so good!!!! He’s so good to all of us. Amen and Amen!

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