Coopers in Croatia

Pursuing world Christian discipleship in Zagreb

Follow us as we follow Him!

About Us

About Us About Us
Hi, we are the Coopers... John, Susan, Nash and Van! After nearly 20 years of ministry and nonprofit leadership, we are excited to respond to the Great Commission in a new way. Our hope is to be in Croatia by August 2018. Until then, we'll be continuing our current work in Abilene, TX, raising the support we'll need for life and ministry in Zagreb, and spending time with our loved ones.  

Chances are you already knew all of that if you are visiting our website. Ha! But since you are here, we want to say how much we appreciate you taking the time to learn more about us and the ministry God has called us to in Zagreb. Seriously, thanks for stopping by! We hope you'll keep us in your prayers and sign up for our newsletter so we can keep in touch and share updates with you from time to time.  

You are a blessing to us and we thank you for partnering with us in ministry.

The Coopers

"Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well." -1 Thessalonians 2:8

Mission & Ministry

What we're up to and why

We are partnering with the Kušlanova Church in ministry to reach young people and families. We’ve committed to spend the next five years (or longer) there learning the language, loving the people, and sharing the Gospel with our neighbors. Our ministry focus will be to emphasize that a relationship with Jesus is transformative and life-giving, not merely religious behavior. We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to change people’s hearts and minds and that God will be glorified in Croatia as more and more come to experience freedom in Christ. These are some of the specific things we are planning to do under the supervision of the Kušlanova eldership: ● Study the language and the culture so we can assimilate and build deeper relationships. ● Follow up on connections made through current evangelistic efforts like Champs Camp and Let’s Start Talking. ● Host weekly prayer gatherings and Bible studies in our home. ● Develop biblically-based resources, interest groups, and training/educational opportunities to support families and address the issues that affect them. ● Watch and pray and be open to the Lord’s leading.


Ways to Give!

Partner with us to spread the love of Christ in Zagreb.

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English Club is a great way to use what we know to show the love of Jesus to young people!

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Svaki dan (every day) we're doing our best to learn Hrvatski jezik (Croatian language). Croaticum is helping!

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We're excited that we get to live love with these dear brothers and sisters!

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"Abilene, Abilene, prettiest town I've ever seen."

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You and I didn't choose Jesus. He chose us for a purpose. This is good news!

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Want to be a part of what God's doing in Croatia? We would love for you to partner with us!

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Easter: The reason we're moving to Croatia.

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From [A]bilene to [Z]agreb

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  • Ivanska Ulica 54, Jagnjić Dol, 10431 Sveta Nedelja, HRV Croatia

Supporting Churches

Cactus Drive Church

Levelland, Texas

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Round Rock Church

Round Rock, Texas

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Beltway Park Church

Abilene, Texas

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Garden Ridge Church

Lewisville, TX

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Our Timeline

Began praying about returning to mission field

Began to earnestly lean in and pray into what the Lord was laying on our hearts. We asked our small group to join us in prayer.

Jun 01, 2017

Visit Zagreb

After months of prayer and study we went to visit the city of Zagreb and see how the Lord was already at work there.

Feb 08, 2018

Publicly announce plan to pursue ministry in Croatia

Mar 15, 2018

Support raising began

Our first support letters were sent.

Apr 01, 2018

New Executive Director of Hope Haven Announced

Jun 12, 2018

Susan begins transition out of her role at ACU

New Coordinator of Spiritual Formation Events and Leadership Camps Registrar training

Jul 10, 2018

Moving Sale

Everything sold or packed into 8 crates and 4 bags.

Jul 06, 2018

Move to Flower Mound, Texas

Dear friends open their home to our family!

Jul 11, 2018

Visit Family, Friends and Supporting Churches

Short trips to Lubbock, Austin and Abilene

Jul 20, 2018

Celebrate Nash and Van's Birthday

Last opportunity to see friends and celebrate the boy's birthdays.

Jul 30, 2018

Flight departs for Zagreb

10 hour flight from DFW to Madrid then 2.5 hours on to Zagreb.

Aug 15, 2018

Arrived in Zagreb

Aug 16, 2018

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