We sent a team of 10 people to serve with our Josiah Venture partner, Karis Wadsack, in Maribor Slovenia. There we ran a Fusion Music Camp for middle and high school students and supported the church's work there to proclaim and live the gospel.
Raised So Far: $23,050
PRAISE GOD WE ARE FULLY FUNDED!
(as of June 22, 2017)
Fusion is an ongoing music and performing arts ministry. Each year, Fusion choirs in local churches across Central and Eastern Europe hold summer camps that use music to draw new students to camps where they will hear the gospel proclaimed and be given opportunities to respond to the gospel's call on their own lives. Our team will partner with young Slovenian believers and Josiah Venture workers in an existing Fusion Choir ministry in Maribor, to establish discipleship relationships between the local church and the students at camp that lasts long after our American team leaves.
Short term global outreach teams can go with grand expectations of developing deep relationships that result in numerous conversions, forgetting that even if this does take place, in two weeks time the team will be leaving the country and our Slovenian friends will be in desperate need of Christian counsel, discipling, and continued witness.
That is why the mission of connecting Slovenian unbelievers with Slovenian believers is such a worthy pursuit. It seeks to build relationships that are gospel centered and sustainable and gives our unbelieving friends the best chance of being introduced to Christ and then being enveloped into loving Christian community.
First team meeting photo (the "goofy one"):
Cristobal Olivio, Nick Conner (team leader), Spencer Hobbs, Kaci Stecker, Nick's kids (not part of the team), Heidi Ansiel, Hannah Clark, and Elise Rupple (Daryle and Maggie Worley not pictured).
Please Pray That...
- God will be preparing the hearts of those students who will be at our camp to hear and receive the gospel.
- It would be our greatest joy to serve and love one another sacrificially for the glory of God that he might use us in his mission to call and save a people to himself.
- We will be unified as a team (Slovene and American team).
- We will learn together the art of being servant hearted.
- God will give us a zeal to make him known.
- Follow our blog for more specific prayer requests as we go...
Ministry in Slovenia
"Slovenia is a country with 2 million inhabitants and is about the size of New Jersey. Only 1,100 -1,200 people in all of Slovenia claim to be evangelical Christians. This places it among the most un-evangelized countries of the world."
(Josiah Venture, josiahventure.com/people-and-places/slovenia)
We will be working with an organization called Josiah Venture. Grace Church of DuPage has been sending summer teams to work with Josiah Venture for about 15 years. We've witnessed real gospel fruit through their ministry, and are blessed to participate and support this movement of God as we are able.
Josiah Venture is a movement of God among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church and transforms society.
Join the movement
We are one very small piece in this puzzle and are humbled to have the opportunity to join in the work that God is accomplishing through Jesus Christ and his chosen instrument, the church. Please prayerfully consider how God would have you join in this movement, the advancement of the gospel, for the sake of his glory.