Zach, Fernanda & Lucca Forner
Serving in Split, Croatia
In July of 2016, the Lord began to stir our hearts to begin preparing for the mission field in Europe. By September our house was sold and we began the process of "downsizing" and by God's grace we narrowed it to 3 suitcases! Truth be told, we had no idea where we were going at first, but we knew it was time to go and begin this journey to share Jesus in Europe. After several invitations through friends we initially spent time in both Germany and Moldova for the remainder of 2017 then landed here in Split, Croatia in January of 2018. It was at this time that the Holy Spirit began to open doors for us to stay and minister here long-term.
Croatia has found itself beginning to be immersed in secular European culture. Croatia, formerly a part of communistic Yugoslavia was plagued by war and instability. Only in the early 90's was the Gospel re-introduced into this region, which means we face many early church issues and it remains fragile. In our city of 180,000 there are only about 6 Bible-believing fellowships, most of which have less than 30-40 people in attendance. The greatest need that we have seen in this part of the world is for believers to learn and know the Word of God for themselves. Not to just hear scripture, but to apply it to their lives and walk in the fullness of what Christ paid for them to have. We believe that understanding your authority in Christ and walking in oneness with Holy Spirit is essential to Christian living. Unfortunately, most believers here do not have a solid understanding of scripture and the truth of God's Word. As the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10:14-15, "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
We firmly believe the most important thing we can do here in Croatia is tell the good news, both to believers and unbelievers. Many believers here have not even had the chance to hear good, solid teaching from the Word of God. Outside of helping the local church, we have two main areas of focus. First, we disciple university students to know God's Word and how to apply it to their lives in faith, mostly on a one-on-one basis. Secondly, we are partnered and on staff with Dunamis Bible School. This is the only Bible school of it's kind in Croatia, it centers around sound Biblical doctrine and having a spirit-filled and spirit-led life. Our primary role at the school is serving the students and teaching. We are blessed to see the plan of God unfold here in Croatia, it is a challenging but exciting time to see the Gospel re-introduced to this region!
We are still asking and praying for financial partners who want to see God's Kingdom established here in Croatia. We are currently looking for about 36 new partners at $50/month or 18 partners at $100/month. Please consider partnering with us!
Our Local Ministry Team
In the country of Croatia, we serve as missionaries under EPC which is the national evangelical church here. We also serve weekly with our local fellowship, "Jesus light of the world church". Lastly, we are partnered with Modern Day missions who exists to facilitate our funding/support needs and provides a way for financial partners to support us in building God's Kingdom in Croatia!
Would you consider joining and investing with us in what God wants to do in Croatia? Please consider partnering with us as we attempt to secure funding for 2019/2020.
If you have any questions or want to reach out to us, please feel free to do so with the email link provided below. We also send out updates by email quarterly, please let us know if you would like to be added. Lastly, the Facebook link below will take you to our "Forner Family News" page where we constantly provide updates on our work here. As always, please keep us in your prayers!