We love working for Cru in Central and Eastern Europe! Cru movements focus passionately on getting out there and giving everybody a chance to know Jesus, be discipled to follow Jesus, and equipped to join in the mission. This is the fundamental strategy of Win - Build - Send. Through this strategy we strive towards the reality that everyone would know someone who truly lives for Jesus.
Staff commit themselves daily to sharing the gospel and building up believers, with a strategic eye on the Great Commission, asking the question, "How can we participate with the larger body of Christ to 'go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that Jesus has commanded us?'"
As our staff work to build up and send out volunteers passionate for Jesus, we focus on building up our staff in their knowledge of God and discernment of His Word. Romans 12:1-2 calls us all to respond to God out of a grateful heart, present ourselves to him in service, and to continually be renewed in our minds so that we can know how to better and better present ourselves. We help staff with that ongoing process of renewing their minds according to the truth of Scripture, so that they can continually grow in their ability to present themselves to God in way that is pleasing to him.
Michael's ministry role matches his passion: to equip Christian "activists" who are committed to ministries of evangelism and discipleship with a growing knowledge of God's Word and a growing ability to faithfully handle God's word in ministry. The goal is to strengthen the biblical understanding of national laborers in our region, so that they might stay fresh in their walks with God and produce fruit for him in ministry.
We continue to work from Zagreb, Croatia where we started our Croatia service back in 1997. We moved to Split in 2000 where we led the student ministry. We returned to Zagreb in 2011 to lead in the support and development of staff. Starting in the Fall of 2018 Michael began a full-time role as Bible teacher and speaker while helping to coordinate the biblical and theological development of staff.
Michael's platform for equipping staff and volunteers includes Biblical studies courses, staff and student retreats, and preaching in church. He has taught in Albania, Bosnia, Czechia, Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Ukraine and further afield through online courses. Michael launched the observetheword podcast in April, 2018 as a response to students asking for more access to his teaching. So far observetheword has received downloads from 56 countries and 46 US states! Most listeners come from the countries where Michael has taught.
Brenda continues to serve through our local Cru movement and church. She provides care, support and mentoring for women in Croatia and also while traveling with Michael.
Our three daughters grew up in Croatia and are all now attending college in Raleigh, North Carolina where they participate in student ministries and attend together Imago Dei Church.
Thank you for partnering with us financially. We appreciate your heart for Jesus and the sacrifices you make to help fulfill the Great Commission. What a wonderful message we share!
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16