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This year, TCKompas or Training Center Kompas, the Josiah Venture national organization in Slovakia, celebrated 30 years of operation. Alongside this momentous occasion, on June 3rd, a big leadership transition happened within Kompas. The baton of leadership was handed off from one national leader, Peter Hrubo, to another, Timo Mahrik. In this episode, the two of them share their personal testimonies about the team in Slovakia and the story of this leadership transition. Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com https://www.tckompas.sk Summer Internships Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Ryan Palmer is originally from Seattle Washington and has been assisting with short-term teams for Josiah Venture since 2009.  In Seattle, Ryan is a high school teacher who teaches astronomy and biology. In this episode, Ryan explores the mission behind "short-term teams" and why they are so essential to Josiah Venture's ministry in Central and Eastern Europe. He shares the joys and challenges that came with serving with short-term teams, along with what he has learned. At the end of this episode, Ryan explains what he hopes to see in future short-term teams, and emphasizes that there are more ways to serve the kingdom of God than being a full-time missionary. Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Summer Internships Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Damaris Iordache is an intern serving with the Communications team this summer as a videographer. Damaris is from Galati, Romania, and studies Marketing at the University of Bucharest. She is 21 years old and going into her final year. In this episode, Damaris shares her testimony, how she came to accept Jesus, and her experience as an intern for the C-team. At the end of the episode, she explains her hopes for her country and how people can be praying for Romania. Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Summer Internships Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Josh Benning is an intern serving in Germany this summer. Josh is from Brookfield, Wisconsin, and is studying Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is the second youngest of five and is minoring in German and Spanish teaching at his university. In this episode, Josh shares how he first heard of Josiah Venture, why he decided to intern in Germany, and his time during this internship. At the end of the episode, he offers encouragement and advice to others considering a Josiah Venture internship and what God has been teaching him through his experience. Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Summer Internships Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Darius and Bia Bocsa are missionaries in Romania. Darius, who is from Romania, met his wife Bia, who is from Brazil, at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Both have a desire and passion for serving the Lord and making the name of Jesus known. After they were married, they decided to move to Romania and work with young people. Darius and Bia's passion is to communicate the gospel to Romanian youth so that they will understand it, live by it daily, and ultimately pass it on to others. Darius is the director of Josiah Venture's Summer ministries in Romania and is helping to train youth leaders across the country to be fruitful in their ministries yearlong. He likes all types of sports (basketball the most) and uses pop-culture references when sharing the gospel. Bia is the intern coordinator for Josiah Venture in Romania and coaches other missionaries in their fund-raising endeavors. She is very proud of her Brazilian heritage and loves coffee and Chick-fil-A sauces. Darius and Bia have two children, a boy named Lucca and a little girl named Lara. In this episode, they share how they met, the spiritual climate in Romania, their roles with summer ministry, and how they desire to be a family on mission. At the end of the episode, Darius shares his journey with cancer and what he has learned through a difficult season. Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Geri Fuehring and her husband Dave joined the Josiah Venture Czech Republic team full-time in 2015. There, they worked as local missionaries investing in students and leaders in their local church and community in the city of Olomouc. In the summer of 2019, they relocated to Chicago and are now serving with Josiah Venture as Directors of Ministry Partner Development. Their role is to help equip both nationals and missionaries-in-training to develop teams that will invest in their ministry work. The Fuehrings love being involved in the broader Josiah Venture team. They feel blessed and encouraged to be able to work in this role, serving the Lord with their shepherding gifts and life experience.  In this episode, Geri shares about the call to full-time missions, the challenges of living in another country while all four of her adult children were in the states, her role with the online Prayer Room and how worship is warfare. One of her daughters identifies as transgender, and she shares how the Lord has taught her so much about his love and compassion. Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Tyler Patty and Sean Smith serve in the Czech Republic as facilitators and tutors with ForMission college on the Central and Eastern European campus. Tyler is the Campus Tutor and he leads the entire campus, facilitates classes, and takes care of all campus administration. Sean is the Formation Tutor and he facilitates classes, leads student support efforts, and leads a weekly cluster group. In this episode, you will learn more about what ForMission is, hear stories, get some great book recommendations, learn about the podcast they have on practical theology, and more. Praxologie Podcast: This podcast exists to help people think biblically, reflect theologically, and act missionally. Learn more about ForMission College Follow @formission_eu Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Gwynne Gardner is the Social Media Manager for Josiah Venture and is usually the podcast host! That’s right, instead of asking the questions, Gwynne is the one to be interviewed this time. A big thank you to Rob Chestnut for being the host for this episode. After serving as an intern and then as a full-time missionary in Slovenia for 8.5 years and then Czech for a little over a year, Gwynne now serves from the states on the Josiah Venture International team. She desires to see the gospel advance through the media highway and storytelling. She uses social media to tell young people across Central and Eastern Europe all about Jesus. Enjoy this conversation all about celebrating stories! Book mentioned in Episode: Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Eric and Lindsay Meland are doing amazing things in Hungary! Currently, along with language learning, local ministry, leading Summer interns, and directing Summer camps, they are supporting and mentoring 12 different youth pastors around Hungary, which is one of their favorite things to do. Their goal is to equip these pastors in making committed, passionate disciples of Jesus who will turn around and make more committed, passionate disciples! They share about their journey to the mission field, how they met, and life and ministry in the capital city, Budapest. Eric and Lindsay are eager and so thankful to be working with the young people of Hungary; to see them come to deeply know their heavenly Father and boldly proclaim His incomprehensible love so that their whole country might turn to follow Him. Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Christy Owen has served in Lviv, Ukraine, for the last eight years. She has been a part of the Fusion ministry there and has been highly involved in discipling young women. Christy shares about her journey to Ukraine, but mostly we have a conversation about being single on the mission field. She talks about some of the common joys and struggles of serving as a single. We recorded this episode back at the beginning of February before the invasion of Ukraine that happened on February 24th. Christy references how the tension between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for years, but when we recorded this, we had no idea what was about to happen. We continue to pray for peace in Ukraine and everyone who serves on the JV Ukraine team. We ask you to please join us in prayer, and if you feel so inclined, you can give to our Ukraine Fund, where every donation goes to support the ways we are helping over there. Here is a link to the Ukraine giving page for updates on how we are responding to the war in Ukraine: josiahventure.com/help-ukraine  You can also follow @josiahventure on social media. Resources Mentioned in this Episode: "Heart of Dating" Podcast with Kait Warman "That Sounds Fun" Podcast with Annie F. Downs "Outdated: Find Love That Lasts When Dating Has Changed" by Jonathan "JP" Pokluda Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Ben Williams is the Josiah Venture country leader for Ukraine and Dave Patty is the JV President. In this episode they share an important and timely update on what's happening in Ukraine with our team, what we are doing to aid and support our local church partners in there, and how we are getting refugees out. The update and words of encouragement they have to share during this dark time are powerful. Please take the time to listen and then pass this episode on to others so more people will hear about ways they can pray, give, and support Ukraine. Join us in Prayer in the Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com JV's current response to the crisis in Ukraine: josiahventure.com/ukraine-crisis Give to our JV Ukraine Crisis Fund:  josiahventure.com/ukraine-fund You can give to the Ukraine general fund or you can now give more specifically. Give toward getting emergency humanitarian aid into some of the hardest-hit places in Ukraine by giving towards food packages, medical aid packages or to the purchase of vans to help distribute this aid. You can also help in getting Refugees out of Ukraine by sponsoring a bus rental, Refugee care or the printing of spiritual resource packets that include Bible and studies in Ukrainian.  Link to the Psalms booklet: “22 Days of Encouragement in Difficult Times”
Many people around the world are asking how they can help the crisis in Ukraine. Here is how you can help! Pray, Give, & Share! Click here to Pray! Click here to Give to the Ukraine Crisis Fund! Listen and Share! Please join us in spreading awareness on how to help by sharing this short podcast on your own personal social media platforms. Every share, instagram story, and prayer helps and matters.  Thank you for joining us! Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com
Stojce Nikolov is the Josiah Venture country leader for Serbia and he is doing creative and innovative things with his ministry through social media. Shortly after coming to faith, Stojce began asking God to provide a way for him to deepen his understanding and relationship with his newfound Savior. Within a few months Stojce, who was living in Macedonia, received the opportunity to move to Serbia to pursue a degree in theology. During this time he began to discover his passion for working with youth and became very involved with the local church in Bačka Topola. Stojce was introduced to Josiah Venture when his church decided to host a camp for its youth. One year later, Stojce and his wife, Sara, were married. Together, they continued to volunteer and serve with JV until 2013, when they were officially asked to join the organization. Today, Stojce pastors a newly planted church in Pačir. Stojce, Sara and their son, Noel, live in Bačka Topola, where they also continue to serve. Check out Stojce's daily Facebook video on his churches facebook page - Crkva Logos - Pacir. https://www.facebook.com/logospacir Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Mission Trips: josiahventure.com/mission-trips Summer Internships: josiahventure.com/summer-internships Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Marta Logins is a missionary, pastor's wife, and mom in her home country of Latvia. She and her husband, Raimonds, have been serving there, along with their three daughters, for seven years. Back in November some of the Josiah Venture women gathered over zoom and heard an encouraging message from Marta and we quickly realized that her story needed to be shared with a wider audience.  Marta shares about how she fell in love with God's Word and is spending more intentional time abiding in him. Please be encouraged and inspired by her message. Something unique about this episode is that in order for Marta to fully express herself, she shares in her heart language of Latvian and her friend and fellow JV missionary, Lelde Keice, translated for her. This might be the first time you have heard Latvian spoken. It is a beautiful language! Enjoy! "No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus" by Steffany Gretzinger @the.hidden.way - Instagram account for Emily, the woman Marta mentions in her message. Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Mission Trips: josiahventure.com/mission-trips Summer Internships: josiahventure.com/summer-internships Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
This last episode of 2021 features 11 amazing missionaries (Shelby Flowers, Bara Filipová, Jacob Adent, Kseniya Dušek, Terry English, Mike Sullivan, Mel Ellenwood, Lauren Bozon, John Kloosterhuis, Martina, Pixová, Rob Chestnut) who serve with the Josiah Venture International Team in the Czech Republic. The International Team, or I-Team, as we like to call it, exists to serve, empower and equip all the Josiah Venture staff and national organizations as they fulfill the JV mission. You will hear these missionaries answer questions such as; What is your favorite Christmas Movie? What is it like for a single person to be far from family during the holidays? What are your Christmas traditions? What is the best Christmas present you have ever received? There is also a special sneak peak of a brand new Christmas song written by Shelby flowers and Cory Simon. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! *We will be taking a short break from the podcast in January, but will kick things back up in February. This is a perfect opportunity for you to catch up on past episodes or re-listen to them. See you in 2022! Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Check out Josiah Venture Music on Spotify to listen to the full song, "I Will, I Will" Mission Trips: josiahventure.com/mission-trips Summer Internships: josiahventure.com/summer-internships Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Juli Muhameti is a national from Albania and he believes in the God who saves. He was just 14 years old when he become a Christian after he was challenged to read the Bible, both Old and New Testaments at the same time. Somewhere in the middle of Exodus and John, God opened his eyes. Juli put his faith in Christ and received the gift of eternal life. Juli grew up in a culturally Muslim household and he speaks about how less than one percent of Albania’s 2.9 million people are evangelical Christians. Juli is married to Suela and they have two daughters Amelia & Ema. He and his wife studied at GLO Bible College in Scotland and when they came back to Albania they began to serve in church planting and started a new youth ministry in Vlore. Their dream is to see healthy disciple-making youth ministries all across Albania, and are burdened for the thousands of young people in their country who do not yet know Christ. Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Mission Trips: josiahventure.com/mission-trips Summer Internships: josiahventure.com/summer-internships Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Andrej Lovše is a missionary and pastor in his hometown of Maribor, Slovenia and serves as the Josiah Venture country leader. In this episode you will hear all about Andrej’s love for his country, his family and his three horses. He also shares his wild dreams and prayers he has for Slovenia. He met his wife, Nina, when they were teenagers. Nina was the first to accept Christ as a result of missionaries sharing the gospel with her outside her high school. A few years later, Andrej became a believer and left medical school to pursue Bible training. They married in 2001 and moved to Zagreb, Croatia to study theology and both got undergraduate degrees in Bible at the Biblical Institute in Zagreb and Master’s degrees in Christian Ministry at Abilene Christian University. Since 2010 they have been church planting and using tools such as Fusion, English, and sports to continue to invest in the youth of the city with the hope that new churches will be planted and that next-generation leaders will be equipped to reach Slovenia. They live and serve, with their three kids, Eva, Izak and Timi in a small community near Maribor. Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Mission Trips: josiahventure.com/mission-trips Summer Internships: josiahventure.com/summer-internships Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Eliza Kobin is originally from Latvia, but is currently living in Estonia with her husband, Vahur, who is serving as Country Leader for Koma, the national organization in Estonia. Eliza serves in Koma as the Media Team Leader. She first came to a JV Fusion camp as a Latvian student in 2009, and there she put her faith in Christ. She then started serving in Latvian local ministries and as a JV summer intern. Eliza and Vahur are passionate about building up a community of believers in the local church that view themselves as “on mission” in Tallinn, Estonia. In this episode you will hear Eliza share about her journey with mental health including anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. She speaks about how she reached out to her community for help and how she sees Jesus as the amazing healer. She is also using her platform on social media to share her experiences. Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Mission Trips: josiahventure.com/mission-trips Summer Internships: josiahventure.com/summer-internships Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Olya Meland is a national missionary in her home country of Ukraine. She loves her husband, her country, making disciples and is a new mom. She and her husband, Marc, met while both were serving in Josiah Venture. Marc for four years in Hungary and Olya in Ukraine. Now they serve together in the city of Lviv, Ukraine with their son Enoch. Marc serves in the ministry of EDGE sports, while Olya leads the Fusion ministry. God has put on their hearts a deep burden for the youth of Ukraine. They especially desire to see young people enter healthy local churches through the ministries that God has placed on their hearts. Olya first became acquainted with JV as a camper at an English camp in 2004 near Rivne, Ukraine. In 2013, Olya took a step of faith by joining JV to help start Fusion in Ukraine. Olya and Marc enjoy using english, Fusion, and Edge sports to equip local churches, to reach young people, and to share Jesus with them. Marc and Olya pray that God will use their family to further the gospel in Ukraine. Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Mission Trips: josiahventure.com/mission-trips Summer Internships: josiahventure.com/summer-internships Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
Shelby Flowers is the Director of Fusion International and has a passion for young people to use their gifts and talents for the Kingdom.  She first traveled to Czech in 2010 to serve at a Fusion camp with a short-term team. Very quickly she realized that her relationship with Czech would never be “short-term”. The way music works as a tool to build relationships and connect people to Christ is Shelby’s passion, and in that sense, Fusion is basically a dream come true. She served as a Fusion intern in the Czech Republic in the summers of 2011 and 2012 and moved to Czech in 2014. Shelby is using her passion for music to reach young people in Central and Eastern Europe with the love of Christ. She lives in Ostrava, Czech Republic and travels internationally to help train and establish Fusion in other JV countries. Fusion Related Fusion Website: https://fusionjv.eu EuroFusion 2021 Fusion International "Connection" Video COVID-19 JV Fusion YouTube Channel Learn more about Josiah Venture Website: www.josiahventure.com Social Media: @josiahventure Contact: social@josiahventure.com Mission Trips: josiahventure.com/mission-trips Summer Internships: josiahventure.com/summer-internships Josiah Venture Prayer Room: pray.josiahventure.com Josiah Venture Prayer Room APP: josiahventure.com/prayer-room-app
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