We've been praying for over a year about using media to help us connect with spiritually open individuals to initiate a Disciple Making Movement in Croatia. We're excited that God has opened doors for us to partner with likeminded believers in Bosnia and Hungary to launch IsusMesija.hr! In March of this year we posted our first content online via Facebook (in order to protect the integrity of this ministry, we ask that you please don't 'Like' the IsusMesija FB page) and we're already beginning to see fruit from this approach.
The goal of each media post is to lead to one of two initial outcomes (sometimes both). First, we want to fulfill requests that we receive for Bibles in the native language. Second, we want to shepherd the interactions with our media content in such a way that they lead to face to face encounters with local believers.
Our teammate, Zlatko, is our Responder. He's the first one to interact with those who have sent private messages or made comments on our posts. His aim is to facilitate a conversation that eventually moves offline. When someone is ready to meet with a local believer to discus spiritual matters or read the Bible, we connect them to one of our Multipliers. Multipliers are a mix of Croatian nationals and folks like us who are willing to meet one on one and begin a spiritual conversation with those who have indicated that they would be interested in this step. Please pray for Zlatko and our team of Multipliers.
Because of COVID-19, we've had to be creative in how we accomplish this, but so far we've been using online tools (like Zoom), text messaging, and phone calls to connect with the early contacts we've made. Please pray that this ministry will eventually lead to Bible studies, groups of people coming to faith, church communities forming, and then multiplying.
We're praying for 4 X 4 by 2024. We want to see at least four first generation churches planted who in turn launch four groups each by the end of 2024. It is a bold request and we know we cannot achieve it on our own. That is one of the reasons we started Pray4Croatia.com. We want to invite as many as possible to join with us in praying for the Light of the World to spread throughout Croatia and the entire region.