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summer madness

no really, madness! This summer has been the busiest summer we have had over the last 10 years. It seems like every week something is going on and actually there is. We have had 3, week long festivals going on (we hit the festivals to pass out tracts) and then we also went to Rijeka, Zagreb and Osijek to tract. In a week we have a Renaissance festival coming up.

In between all the festivals and tracting we still have church.

Our Sunday line-up:
10:00 church in Varaždin
3:00 vans leave to pick up children for the kids meeting
4:00 meeting starts consisting of a teen class and an under 12 class
5:00 vans run to take children home and pick up adults and children who come with their parents
6:00 main service starts
8:00 vans run again to take people home
10:00 a death-like sleep over takes us.

Wednesday in Čakovec
6:00 vans run
7:00 church
8:30 vans run home

Thursday in Varaždin
4:00 mens soul-winning
6:00 vans run
7:00 church starts
8:30 vans run home

Saturday soul-winning in Varaždin



So here are so photos from the recent Špancirfest in Varaždin. After it was all over the final tract tally was 12,000. 12,000 tracts were placed into individual hands. 12,000 people had the opportunity to be saved. 

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Johnny in his appointed place passing out tracts.

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Bro. Alen was also there busy passing out tracts.

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This was Bro. Sam's place, he was even on the Croatian News.

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Bro. Scott was there too, busy.

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Oh yea and Traci and I were there also. Here we are; there she is and I'm behind the camera.

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It's been a great summer. I know it's not over but with the 65 degree weather today and the start of school soon I feel like we're watching summer slip away. 
I asked one of our Gypsy men when Summer would be over and he told me when all the corn in the fields was dry and golden then summer would be over. The corn is still green so we may have a little longer. 

BTW, we had 65 in the 4:00 kids meeting yesterday and the vans were running over. Pray for this ministry. In one village we took in 2 vans and still left about 50 kids and even some adults who also wanted to come to church. There just wasn't room. That's not a usual problem with bus ministries but it is with ours. Pray that God will show us what our next step is. We are out of room at church too. 
I guess if we have to have a problem, too many is better than not enough. 

Anyhoo, thanks to all of you who have encouraged me to keep blogging. I know the nature of the blog has changed but I'm still a normal gal trying to make a home and life on the mission field. 

tori

8 comments:

  1. Wow - you guys really have been busy. It is sad to hear about children and adults having to be left behind because there is not enough room on the buses. God will provide = maybe with a meeting place closer to where the people are - so they can walk or maybe more buses - who knows - God has so many more ideas and solutions than we could even think of!
    May God continue to bless you all and give you the energy to continue on your busy schedules,
    Lisa :o)

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  2. 12000 tracts? Oh my!!
    No wonder you have little time for blogging!
    I will certainly be praying for the kids ministry. Its wonderful that so many WANT to come! I know it must break your heart to not be able to get them all! But the Lord knows THEIR hearts too, and I am confident HE will make a way!

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  3. That is wonderful news about your church and bus bursting at the seams! God will provide a way for you!!!

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  4. Tori, have y'all thought about doing the kid's ministry out of the van? Or would that be like an illegal thing to do there?

    And can you tell us about the costumes of the people with the guards? And what are they guarding? Or did I miss that?

    I'll stop asking questions now. hahaha

    ~Kristi

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  5. Ok, in answer to your question about the van....

    Instead of going to pick the children up, take them to kid's ministry, and then back home, having to leave others behind...have you thought about loading the van with what you need and teaching straight out of the van in an area where many could come and sit and listen? On one side of the van you're teaching children and on the other you're teaching adults. No one is left behind, you save time, and everyone is happy. :D I was just wondering, though, would that be illegal to do, teaching from the van.

    ~Kristi

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  6. Yes, I am very interested in your work in Croatia. :)

    Wow, you Baptist over there sure are a weird bunch. ROFL hahaha...kidding...I totally understand you not being able to do that.

    And yes, God knows the need and He will supply!!!!

    You have all these workers there now and the Devil is going to fight tooth and nail. Like little Moses's mother, let go of the basket and watch God work! :)

    Love you,
    ~Kristi

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  7. Just popping by to say "hello" - have been wondering how you're doing. Looks like you've been busy. Don't trask your blog - blogs are MUCH more exciting to read than Facebook!

    May God bless your work there and be with you. I'm hoping that you've healed well?
    D

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  8. Awesome problem to have - too many!Praise the Lord! 12,000 tracts is a great accomplisment - May God bless your efforts!

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