Dave & Connie Patty were sent by Grace Church of DuPage to the Czech Republic in 1993. There they sought the Lord to help churches establish strong youth ministries. Now, Dave is the Founder and Executive Director of Josiah Venture, a ministry that is flourishing in 14 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. We have been blessed to partner with them in the raising up and sending of various team members, church planters, and short-term youth teams to join in this movement of God in Central and Eastern Europe.
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JV Team Members from Grace Church of DuPage
We are blessed to have Theresa Kerns serving with us from the states as she supports the work God is doing through Josiah Venture from their home office in Wheaton, IL. Theresa began serving full-time with Josiah Venture as Human Resource Director in 2002. Theresa builds relationships with Josiah Venture team members by providing admin assistance to those on the field and by preparing new workers for the field. She also spends time visiting the JV women overseas, encouraging and helping the women better serve the Lord, their families, and the nationals.
In addition to her work in Eastern Europe, Theresa has also conducted women’s seminars in Israel in conjunction with the Kashtan Family.
Claire grew up the daughter of Josiah Venture leaders Dave & Connie Patty. Through her experience as an MK and during training at Moody Bible Institute, she developed a heart to equip and support JV kids and their families in the challenges they face as "third-culture" kids. Grace Church of DuPage is Claire's sending church. Claire is based out of the Czech Republic, but serves JV kids and their families all across Central and Eastern Europe.
Grace Church began supporting Dave & Connie Patty in the Czech Republic in 1993 to help churches establish strong youth ministries. Dave is the Founder and Executive Director of Josiah Venture, a ministry that is now flourishing in 14 countries, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe.
Josiah Venture (JV) exists to establish a movement of God among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church and transforms society. The focus of JV has been to train up youth ministry leaders and to evangelize the youth.
Tyler & Lara Patty (with their two young boys) are a family equipping young national leaders in the Czech Republic. Tyler grew up there as an MK, while Lara hails from Chattanooga, TN. They arrived in the city of Ostrava in January 2018, where they will be involved with the church-planting ministries of CityChurch. In addition, Tyler will be the Czech formation Director of a theological institution called ForMission which is based in the UK. Tyler will lead and teach the local Czech students in their 3-year accredited studies in "Theology & Missions."
As a high school student growing up on a military base in Germany, Karis had many opportunities to travel to nearby countries. Through these cross cultural interactions, she developed a heart for reaching young people with the gospel in Europe. On a short-term outreach trip to Slovenia in 2007, Karis felt drawn to the openness and honesty of the Slovene youth and to the Josiah Venture (JV) team who served there. She started to dream about one day joining the team and watching firsthand how God would build His church in Slovenia. After graduating high school overseas, Karis returned to the States and got a degree from Moody Bible Institute in evangelism and discipleship with an emphasis in youth ministry.
In 2015, we sent Karis Wadsack with JV to reach out to the youth in the city of Maribor. She serves in several evangelistic youth camps. After camp she continues to disciple and build relationships with the girls from camp. The outreach team in Maribor is working to start a junior high ministry. Karis is excited to be a part of the JV team in Slovenia, where she uses her love of sports and music to connect with junior high school students through a local church in the city of Maribor.
Short-term missions have four subordinate aims in light of gathering Christ-worshippers. Short-termers go 1) to support, encourage, and edify Grace Church missionaries, 2) to prepare the ground for the potential establishment of a career missionary team, or church partnership, 3) in response to a discernible leading in their lives in pursuing a potential career ministry in missions, and 4) to become vibrant, passionate world-Christians who feel the urgency of the spread of the gospel.
Our goal in short-term missions is not to take the place of long-term missions, but rather assist bridging the gap between the nation and the local church through this ministry partnership with our missionaries. Our short-term teams must have a strategic evangelistic outreach to the nations. Our passion is to see all peoples shout to God with loud songs of joy (Psalms 47:1)! We seek and desire to be used by God to bring people to repentance, and a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray that through these missions projects you would personally experience, even for a brief time, what world-missions really means, and as a result, that it might spark a fire for you to see the importance of missions, and possibly be used of God to direct you towards being a career missionary.
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