I remember walking into Professor Richard Averbeck’s office a little apprehensive. I had shared my idea for a dissertation topic, “the seed as protagonist and foil in the book of Genesis,” with other potential dissertation supervisors, but the reaction was lukewarm at best. To my surprise, Professor Averbeck showed immediate enthusiasm. I’m grateful to him for his encouragement and guidance over the course of my doctoral program at Trinity International University (
For the past twenty-five years I have served the church in Slovakia in various capacities from youth minister to seminary teacher. My thanks therefore, go to ReachGlobal, the organization through whom I have been serving fifteen years, for the generous sabbatical I was granted in order to be able to pursue doctoral studies. There are also over one hundred individuals and local churches that remained faithful to us through that six-year sabbatical with special mention to Faith Community Church of Davis,
I remember saying goodbye to Elisabeth and Max on my way to the first day of summer intensive German to start off the doctoral program. They were three and two at the time and I was sad because I knew that goodbye meant more than just “Goodbye, see you after class.” My dear wife Jana, along with Elisabeth and Max, paid dearly for this book and I’m thankful for their love, their sacrifices, the strength I find in them, and more than anything, I’m thankful that eleven years later we still look forward to Sunday walks together in Riečka.