Where is Croatia?
Croatia, formerly Yugoslavia, is a small country of about 4.5 million people located in Eastern Europe. Neighboring Slovenia and Hungary, Croatia gained its independence in 1991.
Out of 4.5 million people in Croatia only 0.5% have a personal relationship with Jesus. I came to know Christ at the age of 16 through the persistent discipleship of other believers. My heart beats for walking alongside young believers, equipping them in their faith, and mentoring through biblical discipleship.
How long will you be there?
The simplest answer to this question is: I’m moving to Croatia and serving with Josiah Venture indefinitely or until the Lord calls me elsewhere. Every two years, I will return to the US to see family, friends, and supporters.
What will you be doing/what is your role?
Our prayer is to see healthy, disciplemaking youth that have been equipped to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church. Within my team, I will be partnering with and walking alongside local church bodies to help them build model youth ministries, mentor students, and make disciples who make disciples. After several years in youth ministry and focusing on evangelism and discipleship, I’m excited to join what God is doing in Croatia. I will also be serving as Director of Communications. With my formal training and experience in photography and communications, I will be serving our team through sharing the story of what God is doing in Croatia. I will also be spending a significant amount of time learning the Croatian language.
When did you move to Croatia?
I moved to Croatia in February of 2019.
Are you learning Croatian?
Absolutely! I spend about 20 hours a week focusing on language learning through tutoring, classes, and practical cultural experience.
How can I partner with you?
Your role is critical and without you this ministry will not be effective.I invite you to be a part of this ministry that is producing fruit and changing the lives of young people in Croatia. Your support gives the necessary tools in order for the gospel to go forth in Central and Eastern Europe.
Partner with me through prayer: Click on the “pray” tab on this page and sign up to join my prayer team.
Partner with me financially: I am also in need of financial support. My greatest need is to build a team of ongoing partners, whether through monthly, quarterly, or annual giving. Every amount helps me get closer to beginning ministry in Croatia.
What is Josiah Venture?
Starting in the Czech Republic in 1993 at the fall of communism, now with over 300 missionaries (over half being nationals) JV is now located in 14 different countries in Central and Eastern Europe as we seek a movement of God among the youth that finds its home in the local church and transforms society. JV is committed to walking alongside local churches in these 14 countries, equipping them with the tools they need to see a movement of God that transforms society.