They are in the midst of leading our first ever JV orientation for new team members who are from the countries they are serving in here in Central and Eastern Europe.
While we've had nationals serving with JV for years, this is the first time we've done an orientation for them "on the field".
Seventeen committed men and women (you'll see a picture with guys in it in just a sec!) from Slovakia, Czech, Poland, Ukraine, Serbia, Slovenia and Latvia are here this week, in a step of faith towards serving the Lord full time with JV in their own countries.
They are learning how to share their vision for ministry, how to effectively communicate to believers and non-believers about what God has called them to, as well as learning practical skills like writing a prayer letter and raising support.
Throughout the week they've been sharing their lives and stories with each other, joining together in their vision to reach the young people in their home countries of Central and Eastern Europe with the Gospel.
And they're stepping out in faith that God will provide for them. Not an easy task! It's not easy for anyone who senses God's call to the mission field. But in most of these countries there is not a history of giving so they are truly taking God at His word when the Bible says, "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."
As Dave shared our story with them, along with the mission and vision of JV, it brought tears to my eyes, knowing that God was calling these dear ones, just as He called us twenty years ago.
He's always been about His work, and continues it to this day! What joy to our hearts to see them responding to the Lord with trust and faith.
Please do pray for these faithful ones, even right now as you read this, who are responding to God's commission to "Go and make disciples of all nations...", who are willing to do that in their own home countries, among their own people.
May God use them to be part of a revival of faith in Christ among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe!