A Good Man Has Left Us


November 2, 2017

Allan Stevo

On March 22, 2012, Pastor Štefan Jakoby passed away.

This man was not a famous man.  He was a pastor in a Slovak village.  This man was not a perfect man.  He smoked like a village smokehouse the night after a pig killing.

This man, however, did me a favor and did everyone who loves this website a favor.  In doing so, he became my friend and would come to earn my most loyal admiration.  In the autumn of 2002, I ventured into my late grandfather’s village in northern Slovakia for what I planned would be my first and only trip to that village.  I was teaching in Bratislava and had planned to spend a year in Slovakia before returning promptly to the U.S.

I had a checklist to tend to during my year in Slovakia, and after 6 weeks I was speaking enough Slovak that I figured it was time to see my grandfather’s village to check it off my list.  I wanted to attend service in the church my grandfather was baptized in and to just get a quick feel for this sleepy village.  At least I would then always be able to say that I had been there. A friend of a friend put me up for the weekend and dropped me off in the village a few minutes before the Sunday morning church service began.  He agreed to pick me up a few minutes after the service ended.

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Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at www.52inSk.com. He is from Chicago and spends most of his time traveling Europe and writing. You can find more of his writing at www.AllanStevo.com. If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email. You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.

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