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Tuesday, July 13, 2010


I recently had the privilege to travel to the ancient city of Split on Croatia's Adriatic coast with our Croatian pastor, Rajko Telebar.

The trip was a long one - approximately 7 hours each way.

The main purpose of the trip was to deliver thousands of gospel tracts to one of Bro Telebar's converts who makes use of them spreading the gospel in his area.  While there, Bro Telebar and I had the joy of speaking to a number of people on the streets and sharing the gospel.

This is a tourist city and the main attraction is the ancient palace of Diocletian. We walked through it and took the photos below. He was the emperor of Rome from 284 AD to 305. This was a summer palace for him. Diocletian is known for orchestrating a violent and fierce persecution of Christians.

I would just like to say: "Well Diocletian ("Cleetus"), your persecution didn't work out. We are standing on the ruin of your empire sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ."

The thought came while we were there that one of our group should possibly rent an apartment or hotel room during the offseason to use as a base to spread the gospel all over that region. During the winter months, there will be a lot of snow in Cakovec, keeping people from getting out and about, but not in the area of Split, Dubrovnik, and Zadar.  Pray with us that God will give us wisdom to know exactly what to do. All of Croatia desperately needs the gospel message.

Friday, July 2, 2010


In my quest to reach all of Croatia with the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have created a list of the cities of Croatia, with their populations and distance from my home base of Čakovec and have begun to work my way through the list. I plan to go to each city and spend a day witnessing and planting seed and then make the circuit over and over.
Having already been to Koprivnica, Bjelovar, and Đurđevac, this week I made it to Sisak, which is about 2 hours from home.

Arriving there at 10:30 Tuesday morning, I began witnessing a passing tracts to people on the streets. Within about two hours, I met a young man name Stjepan. After we talked for about an hour, Stjepan happily bowed his head and asked Jesus to save his precious soul. Glory Hallelujah!
Throughout the day, up till about 9:00 PM, I was able to share the gospel with about 24 people, and give tracts to hundreds. 
It was a glorious time - glorious because God saved Stjepan, and glorious because God's name is glorified when the gospel is preached!
As has been the case in every city, I met a group of teens and presented the gospel to them.  They now have all the information necessary to know how to receive Christ as Saviour.  I pray they will.  My heart is broken for the teens of Croatia, and they receive me and listen to me.  I just know God is going to do great things with and for them. 
On this day, the weatherman had predicted rainstorms.  God had other plans.  As you can see from the photos, it was a clear and beautiful day.

During the heat of the day, while people retreat indoors, I took a break at the local castle.  This castle was built in 1544 with bricks from a cistern that the Romans built 2000 years ago.  I was told the castle was built in 6 months and was used to repel an invasion by the Turks in 1593.  Enjoy the view.

Built where two rivers come together, it is a natural place for defense. (And beautiful too.)

Some of the old cannonballs from the period.

I was hearing a noise downstairs and decided to check out the basement.

Of course, the noise is coming from the bats in the basement. I should have known. (An added point of instruction: Flash photography tends to aggravate bats. Please don't try this at home.)

The view from behind the castle. Croatia is so beautiful!

Seed planted, soul saved, God glorified. It doesn't get better than that.
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