Slovakia

Amber Stark
Host

Good Book Oasis

The Vrbovce, Slovakia area is a rural, quiet, pastoral setting with rolling hills, and quaint villages dotting the landscape. There are many places for short or long hikes, roads for bicycling, (bicycles provided by the Oasis) a ski hill nearby in the winter, and several tourist attractions in the area. Fishing is also possible. Access to a swimming pool is 3 miles away at a Czech Hotel, and a reasonably priced, relaxing massage is possible at a Hotel in the town of Myjava. There you can also find a couple Restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations.
As an MK, and as an adult missionary, I have seen first hand the damage that can be done to a ministry when a missionary family is under constant stress. I trained as a teacher in order to minister to MKs, but as a teacher I found I wanted to minister to the families more than my professional occupation allowed. I moved back to the states to determine what direction the Lord wanted me to move and at that point he gave me the vision for an Oasis for missionaries.
I did not know what, if anything, was available for missionaries so I began enquiries with many mission agencies. I was troubled to find that there was not very much available which provided missionaries with places of rest and refreshment.
I was even more concerned as I discovered how few places there were to help missionaries overcome burnout. I felt more strongly the need to help prevent the international workers from having to go through burnout at all. I wanted to provide a place where missionaries could come away and spend time with their families and the Lord and be strengthened to continue their work.
I began speaking with mission agencies, and although they were eager to use such a ministry and saw the deep need for it, none of them had such a ministry in place! After much searching and praying the Lord led me to Life Impact Inc. and I was thrilled to discover others with the same heart for missionary care that the Lord had placed in me. I am delighted now to be a member of Life Impact and to be opening the first overseas Oasis.
I felt the need to open an Oasis overseas so as to be more easily and cheaply accessible for missionaries on the field. Central Europe is centrally located so as to allow missionaries from Europe, Western Asia, Northern Africa and the Middle East to come to the Oasis without a great deal of travel time or extra cost.
In every step of this process the Lord has brought missionaries to me who have confirmed their need for such a place of rest and rejuvenation. So the Oasis can be a place of rest and refreshment to you and your family. And I would be glad to discuss Childrens’ Education or MK issues with you if you desire. I would also be able to coach you in an issue you want to process for perspective, resolution or new direction.

The Area

The Good Book Oasis is 1.5 hours away from Bratislava, the Capitol of Slovakia. The quaint inner city will keep you occupied with it’s nice restaurants, stores, and Hapsburg architecture. If you want to travel another hour west, you can spend the day in Vienna, Austria. There are no lack of things to do and see in that major city of Music and History. If you prefer to visit the Capitol of the Czech Republic, Prague, that’s 3.5 hours northwest of the Oasis. We would recommend an overnight in Prague as a wonderful outing from the Oasis location.

Getting Here

Once you have been confirmed, I’ll send detailed directions. If you don’t have a car and are coming into either Vienna or Bratislava by train or plane, I can arrange transportation for you from those locations to the Oasis and back again. Please let me know and I’ll send you the costs.

Location

Vrbovce, Slovakia

Meals

Breakfast is included with your stay. I can arrange full or half pension according to your needs and desires. There are local Restaurants in the neighboring town of Myava, only 4 miles away.

Room Sizes

For guests the upper level of the Oasis is available, as well as the living room, small library, kitchen and sauna on the main floor. Upstairs there is a guest bedroom, and a family bedroom with single beds. Our capacity is for a family of up to six, or two couples and for a small retreat we can accommodate eight. There is a shared bath upstairs, with a second bath accessible on the main level.

Activities

The Vrbovce area is a peaceful landscape of rolling hills, pastures and forests. Meandering down a country road and drinking in the beauty will refresh anyone. There are many castles and historical towns nearby that are perfect for a day trip. For sports enthusiasts there is a ski hill and a sports center with a pool nearby. The area is perfect for biking and the Oasis has several bikes available.The Oasis has a library of over 2,000 books and 200 movies plus dozens of games and toys and a Sauna! So you don’t have to go anywhere to just relax and spend some quality family time!

Computer Access

The Oasis has a computer for guests and high-speed internet is available.

The Area

The Good Book Oasis is 1.5 hours away from Bratislava, the Capitol of Slovakia. The quaint inner city will keep you occupied with it’s nice restaurants, stores, and Hapsburg architecture. If you want to travel another hour west, you can spend the day in Vienna, Austria. There are no lack of things to do and see in that major city of Music and History. If you prefer to visit the Capitol of the Czech Republic, Prague, that’s 3.5 hours northwest of the Oasis. We would recommend an overnight in Prague as a wonderful outing from the Oasis location.

Getting Here

Once you have been confirmed, I’ll send detailed directions. If you don’t have a car and are coming into either Vienna or Bratislava by train or plane, I can arrange transportation for you from those locations to the Oasis and back again. Please let me know and I’ll send you the costs.

Guests Say

“We had a wonderful, restful time at the Good Book Oasis, located in the foothills of the White Carpathian mountains, and want to to share the good news about this place with others. The Oasis itself is lovely, bright, roomy and home-like. The sauna and fireplace were a real treat to come home to after a day in the snow. Our kids enjoyed sledding on the hill behind the house, and our daily walks in the woods were always a great time to see deer, rabbits, hawks and eagles. We were delighted to discover Skiland, about a 25 minute drive away. It was a family-friendly place, especially for beginners and inexpert skiiers and snowboarders like us to gain some experience. It didn’t have the long lines or high prices of a bigger ski center.Bratislava, a 110 kilometer drive away, is convenient for business and shopping, and Budapest, Prague and Vienna are all within easy driving distance from the Oasis. Myjava, 8 kilometers from the house, has several good grocery stores, a bank, and a T-Mobile store, in case you need to recharge your SIM card. We were just charmed by the beauty of the Slovakian countryside around us. It truly is one of the most beautiful places we’ve seen in Europe. All in all, the Oasis is aptly named: we came away refreshed and ready to walk a few more miles on our field!”
— Tim and Carre (and children!)


To make a request to stay, please use the booking request button below. I’ll send back a confirmation if those dates are available, or an alternative time if they are not. I will send you detailed directions at some point after you have been confirmed.