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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Puscine and Rijeka

Our whirlwind tour of Croatia continued today. The group worshipped in two locations this morning. One group went to Ivica Horvatzic's church in Puscine, about 10 minutes from here. Another group traveled 3 hours to Rijeka, along the coast of Croatia to Rijeka. Mike Cunningham preached in Puscine, and yours truly preached in Rijeka. Mike led a seminar back at the Pastoral Center in Cakovec this evening, and I led a seminar in Rijeka. Mike focused on unity and "finishing strong." I discussed "moving beyond the walls of the church."

Worship in Rijeka

The church in Rijeka is relocating to the highway that connects Zagreb with Trieste, Italy. This prominent location will give them great visibility and an opportunity to minister better in the community. After worship on Sunday, my group saw the foundation of the new church and prayed a blessing on their work. We took some time for coffee in Opatje, and Matthew, Toma, and I returned for the seminar in Rijeka.

Stevo and Matthew

One of the members is of the church in Croatia named Stevo (pictured with Matthew) has been emailing Matthew for the past two years for us to visit them in Rijeka. Matthew and Stevo met officially for the first time this morning. After I met Stevo, however, he reminded me that we actually met once before at a conference in San Antonio two years ago. What a small world! He is very excited about their project, and he has worked with the architect to design the building.

Group photo at the new church in Rijeka

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