May 2018

In C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters the devil, Screwtape, advises his nephew, Wormwood saying the following: "...The humans live in time but our enemy (God) destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time which they call the Present. For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity." It is so important for our eyes to be fixed on eternity because if we work toward eternity, we will accomplish things that have lasting value wherever we may be- at work, at church, at home with our families, with a friend having coffee, or talking with our kids' teachers at school.

At the beginning of March we had a group of businessmen and women from Texas and California visiting with us. They are all members of an organisation called Global Advance that travels worldwide encouraging business owners to base their businesses on the Word of God, and hold to Kingdom principles in their business dealings. The Marketplace Ministry Conference was an eye opening time and a great encouragement for many Croatian private business owners. Not only did we hear from the group of Americans, but also from several Croatian business owners as they shared their stories of how using Biblical principles had brought them great blessing and success. It also helped many to realise that serving God doesn't necessarily mean becoming a pastor and starting a church, because their business can become the mission field in which they reap a great harvest.

This summer we are hosting a week long youth camp for ages 13-19. A church from Split has a camp ground in the mountains of Lika that we will be renting. It will be a great time of fellowship for our teens, but we are praying and planning for far more than just fun and games. Our prayer is that they will truly encounter God at camp, and that the Holy Spirit will forever change their lives. Would you join with us in prayer for our teens and the leaders of this camp? We are praying for the hearts of the teens to be open, soft, and receptive; and for God to give the leaders wisdom, anointing, and discernment.


It's almost time for Jarunfest again! As a church, this is our favourite time of year when we get to serve our community, and share the love of God with those who do not yet know him. We will have inflatable jumping castles, puppet shows, and games for the children and Christian concerts, and short skits during the day for teens and adults. We will serve 1,500 free hot-dogs and hamburgers, and share the love of God with those who are open to listen. Would you partner with us in praying for Jarunfest? This year, for the first time in the history of Jarunfest, we were able to raise all of the finances for this project from Croatia alone! This is exciting and we praise God for his faithfulness.
You know very well how much (and how long) we've been praying for God to provide for the completion of our children's classrooms. This month we get to finally begin installing flooring in the classrooms! It is so exciting to see the hand of God providing. Our entire church facility is one major miracle, and proof of the love and provision of God in our lives.

is doing well. They are in the final stretch of school for this year, and looking forward to summer break. Mario, as you well know, will be visiting the US in the months of July and August, while Bonnie and the kids hold down the fort in Croatia.
Thank you all so much for your faithful prayers and support. We praise God for placing each one of you in our lives, and pray that he blesses you for your generosity and faithfulness in Kingdom work.

Mario & Bonnie!

 Croatian Evangelistic Outreach
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