Citywide Outreach Sept. 13-20
Even in the midst of a global pandemic, our partners in Croatia have decided to move forward with ministry plans to reach their community for Christ Jesus. What an encouragement!
Of course there will be some restrictions and every possible precaution will be in place to be sure the team, the church and those we encounter will be safe.
I have been to Slavonski Brod many times and partnered with Pastor Darko and Baptistička crkva on more than a few occasions. The first time I accompanied a team there, the church was 10 people strong and meeting in one of the rooms of a small house. Thechurch has since grown, acquired property and built a modest building on the site of that old house.
Pastor Darko, his family and the body of Christ at the church (close to the Bosnian border) has been active in seeking to make disciples in Slavonski Brod. This city wide outreach we have planned will have us taking The Gospel to the streets, doing some events on-line and interacting with the community in several ways. The goal is to build relationships with people who are not walking with The Lord, give a reason for the Hope that is within usand ultimately have opportunities to create discipleship opportunities.
My colleague Todd and I will drive from Germany to Croatia in our equipment van to join the rest of the team involved in this outreach. Please pray for our long 12-ish hour drive, no issues with borders and most importantly that we can help Pastor Darko and the local church with visibility in their community. May God be glorified and Jesus magnified!
It is very exciting to be able to get back to work in The Balkans after such an extended period of being shut down due to Covid-19! Thank you so much for your on-going support and encouragement in these last months!
With much love in Christ Jesus,
steve, dawn, bianca and sofia
Prayers and Praises:
Please pray for our partners in The Balkans who continue to need help with training and evangelistic efforts but have had to radically scale back activities due to the pandemic.
Please pray for Sofia and Bianca as they continue their education separated from Dawn and I by an ocean.
Please continue to pray for our aging parents as we try to honor them with care, love and encouragement from afar.
Pray for the people who in recent weeks/months have heard the truth about following Jesus at one of our small venue gatherings. May they enter The Kingdom of God!
Praise God for the Francis family who took Bianca in when Taylor University shut down earlier this year. They have continued to generously and graciously host Bianca these last months of summer. Thank you friends!
We thank and Praise God for the Lee and Shannon families who arranged for us to stay in a home during our quarantine in Chicago. Thank you as well to The Hodge family for putting us up for a couple of days in Upland! Their hospitality is such a blessing and an encouragement. Thank you! We are blessed!
Bianca and Sofia at Taylor University!
This also means that Dawn and I are also entering another phase of life… Empty Nesting! Without a doubt it is bittersweet. We miss our girls but we also have no doubt they are ready to spread their wings! We’re super grateful they will be together to support each other and look out for one another.
We were blessed abundantly on this trip with housing, a car to drive and most importantly, opportunities to make new friends and build new relationships. So many amazing people opened their homes to us and showed amazing and generous hospitality… you know who you are! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Also, we are grateful to all those who were able send Sofia a card, letter or gift to help with her being able to get settled into her dorm room. She was able to get everything she needed. We are humbled and thankful!