The need for God's intervention in Croatia is painfully obvious with every 3rd marriage ending in divorce and unregistered number of emotional divorces among us. Our hope and dream is to help take advantage of this powerful need to help spread the Gospel and help fulfill the Great Commission.
In Spring of 2013, we challenged ourselves as a FamilyLife team with the vision of staring 10 small groups across Croatia, led by volunteers with the purpose of strengthening and building up godly marriages and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we contacted both churches and individuals, God opened a door for us to help start and see the growth of more than 25 different small spiritual movements across the country in the last 7 years.
Our strategic plan is reaching 20 biggest Croatian cities by 2020 with small groups leaders who are reaching families for Christ and training multiplying disciples. We help churches reach men with Stepping Up Video series, with more than 16 groups in Croatia alone. In 2015 when we organized first-ever Weekend to remember marriage conference in former Yugoslavia with more than 80 couples participating, some giving their lives to the Lord, we didn't imagine it would open doors for us to reach people we were at war with in early '90. God opened doors for us to reach couples in the region and to train men specifically in Slovenia, Macedonia and Serbia teaching them how to reach other men.
Hearing of unbelieving husbands coming to faith or of different local city churches coming together to discuss the daily implication of the message of hope was more than we could have envisioned. To provide some sort of a follow up we started our Day to Remember conferences in 2014 where we would travel do different parts of Croatia and join local volunteers to organize one-day regional seminars which tripled our ministry reach in the last 4 years.
To help us reach this goal, we started coordinating Marriage Week International in Croatia in 2015. This year we have seen and heard of more than 2000 participants in 18 different cities participating in one of 50 events organized by individuals, groups, churches, local business and non-profits. Divorce rates in Croatia are down by 12% since last year. Not due to our efforts alone, that's for sure, but it's a good trend for our society to make a more intentional marriage commitment.
We have already reached 17 biggest cities of Croatia, and are focusing on 3 more!
We invite you to partner with us in this exciting ministry in Croatia and beyond!
In His grip,
Danie, Kate, Aron, Toma, Izak & Ruta
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