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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Joyful time in Hungary

Pastor Rajko Telebar had some business to tend to in Hungary on Monday this week and asked me to accompany him.
We drove about 25 km into the country to the large city of Nagykanizsa.

We had already been equipped with some Hungarian Gospel tracts by our friend Jim Pranger, missionary in Budapest.

As we walked from the car to the place of business, we tried to give a tract to everyone we encountered.

In spite of temperature in the low 20’s F, many people gladly accepted the tracts from us. Even though we could not carry on a conversation with these dear people, we were able to give them the incorruptible Word of God. Now they have the truth and an opportunity to get saved.

It is a great joy to spread the Word of God, wherever you may be. Who knows what God might do? Perhaps one who will become a great evangelist in Hungary was one of the people who got a tract from us that day. Wouldn’t that be something? I always like to say, “You never know”.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A day of great sorrow

It was a day of great sorrow in Croatia. Today we held the funeral for the 15 year-old son of one of our dear church members.
Jasmin was struck and killed by a drunk driver Friday night while walking down a street near his home.
Thank the Lord this young man had been gloriously saved not long ago. We will be with him in heaven, as will his precious mom and dad.
The pain of this day is unspeakable, but the gift that makes hope possible at such a time is also unspeakable.
Through the blood of Christ - freely given to pay for sin - this young man was saved for all eternity.
Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

Jasmin, we will see you soon.

Great Snowfall

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

We're not in Texas anymore

We are blessed in Croatia with much beauty from what God has created. Now that winter is upon us, we get to see more of the majesty of God in snowfall that frequently comes to Croatia.

These are pictures of the first big snow of 2010 - and the first I have seen since arriving in the spring.

It reminds me of the verse, Isaiah 1:18, that says,

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow ...

I am not in Texas anymore, and that is made clearer from the heavy snow.
But that's OK, God is with me.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Great Day in Samobor

Thursday the 25th, Thanksgiving Day in America, was a great day for witnessing in Samobor Croatia. Samobor is a town near to the capitol city of Zagreb with a population listed at 36,000.

I had the privilege to stand between the high school and the bus station and greet many young people, offering gospel tracts to all. The people were very friendly and most of them gladly accepted a gospel tract.

After the school rush was over, I walked through town to greet as many as possible.

As I was walking through the town, I noticed on the hill just down the main road an old castle ruin. I had to make the climb and check it out. Although it is in ruins, it is still an amazing sight. On that day I had the hill and the castle all to myself. As I quietly stood there surveying the sight, I thought about how this castle represented one of man's best efforts to build a lasting kingdom, but as with all of man's work every kingdom of man will fall, but the kingdom of our Lord shall stand forever.

Luke 1:31-33 says, And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Philippians 2:9-11 says, Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


Enjoy the photos!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Koprivnica Croatia

These photos were taken on Saturday night, 10/30/10. These young people are precious in the eyes of the Lord and it is my joy to know and befriend them.

Poslanica Rimljanima 1:16 Jer se ne stidim evanđelja Kristova, jer je ono snaga Božja na spasenje svakomu koji vjeruje ...

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth ...


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trnovec Children's Service - Another Blessing of God

We were so blessed once again to have service in the Gypsy village of Trnovec. Today's weather was so nice that we had the chance to meet outdoors. Our attendance was down a little from previous services because today was time-change Sunday and some of the kids were not aware.

Even so we had a great time. The kids are learning truth straight from the Bible and are able to accurately answer questions about the previous week's lesson.

Some of the photos are of today's game time.

Anyone can say, Ja sam put, istina, i život. (I am the way, the truth, and the life.) But the challenge is, Can you say it with a mouthful of marshmallows? These precious children love the services and look forward to them each week. Please pray the Lord will enable this work to continue and that they all will be saved.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Blessing In The Park

The parks in Croatia are often busy places on Saturday nights. I was blessed on this past Saturday night to find several large groups gathered in the park of a beautiful town called Koprivnica, about an hour from home.

They were so gracious to accept the gospel tracts and listen to me preach the gospel to them for quite some time. It took nearly four hours to witness to the four main groups there,  but it sure didn't seem that long. Preaching the gospel to these young people is an incomparable joy to me. They seem to be genuinely touched that someone reaches out to them. I look forward to seeing them again soon and watching the gospel begin to bear fruit.

Praise the Lord for enabling me to find this venue for reaching these precious people.

It grieves me so much to know these young people are lost, and to see how they desperately need the Truth. I can only imagine how much my eternal God grieves for their souls.

Oh God! Please save them all! I am clinging to your promise that, They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

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