Upper Room – Zagreb

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For 25 years, the Lord has gripped our hearts for Southeastern Europe, and in 2013, He opened the doors for us to move to Zagreb Croatia.Two years ago, we founded a ministry, Intentional Strategies for Transformation or the IST Group, and our heart is to pioneer and resource redemptive transformation in Southeastern Europe. We do this through three pillars: First through prayer, second, through helping the poor and underutilized, and third, through developing next generation leaders. Read More

Prayer is the Mighty Engine

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“Prayer is the mighty engine that is to move the missionary work.” A. B. Simpson

For the last year, as intercessory missionaries we have had the opportunity to pray in collaboration with and for different ministries. One of those is One Voice Student Missions (OVSM), an evangelistic ministry to high schools, based in Pasadena. When they have a student and faculty representative that partner with them, they can go on to public high school campuses and have gatherings to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They work together with local churches where they train and equip them how to adopt high schools and engage the students by having a bible club on campus. Read More

Here I Go Again On My Own

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“Here I Go Again” was a famous song by Whitesnake in the early 80’s. One of the famous lines from the the song was “like a drifter, I was born to walk alone”. While I have always personally enjoyed this song, I’m not quite sure it offers up the best advice. Of course, I’m pretty positive that was not their intention. The big hair bands of the late 70’s and 80’s gave us some power ballads to listen to and lifestyles to refrain from. The “good times are killing us” is a fitting theme to the lives lived by many of those bands. Read More

Good Friday 

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Being in a religious city our desire is to serve this city so people can  meet with the living God. As a minority we need to build a trust. We have been doing it for last 7 years in the city of Krakow, Poland. Last Good Friday, we had the president of Krakow with his wife visiting our Good Friday event. It was an absolutely incredible time to see the highest authority of our city celebrating with us. After the service they were so impressed and moved. “This is how the church should look like” was the statement as we were saying good bye after the service.

Why did they come?

The President decided to come for the very first time for non catholic events only because we have built a trust for the last few years. In March 2016, the city of Krakow announced a beginning of programs for Senior Citizens of Krakow. We have applied and have started one. Now we have over 200 senior citizen active and still we have new people coming . The program is one of the best in the city. The church has got incredible positive feedback. The vice president of Krakow is so impressed that he is pointing at us as example for others.

This centre helped us to get more favor in the city. The local counselor has become one of our friends who is connecting us with other key leaders in the city. Because of this program, every few weeks we have meetings with local authorities regarding the future of our district and our city. We talk and plan what we can change in the  future in many aspects of city life. We call our building “Heart of the city”. We pray that right here we will give vision and pulse for city life.

Our seniors participate in many events we run as a church. They call this place Home. We have realised the seniors are very open to talk about faith and other aspects of life. We show them our love and care. We are not preaching at them. we are showing them what the Kingdom of God is. Some of the seniors kept us distant at first. Now they see that we have done and this has opened relational doors.

Our story got higher to the president of the city.
Transforming the city starts when we serve the city.

Zbigniew and Magda Marzec
Church For the City Kraków, Poland

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Building a Home on Earth to Proclaim a Home in Heaven!

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For over 10 years Vital Seed Ministries has trained, counseled and invested in Kingdom-centered businesses on nearly every inhabited continent. Australia you’re next! As I write this we have a team departing for our third mission to Cuba and our Bethlehem Project, which trains Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem, is ready to launch another new business. The Bethlehem Project, in addition to identifying and training leaders in Bethlehem, also organizes collaborative projects that give creatives and business owners in the US an opportunity to partner with Palestinians. Read More

Life in Brazil isn’t all a Carnival

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*This is the first in a two-part series on Brazil.

I didn’t plan on being in Brazil during the world famous “Carnival” season. As a typical American, I thought that Carnival was synonymous with Rio, but I soon learned that Carnival happens all over Brazil. Here I was in the 2nd biggest Carnival city, Recife. One day my host was taking me to a nearby restaurant, and there was a huge traffic jam full of people on their way to the celebrations in a not so near beach. Welcome to Brazil during Carnival! Read More

The Passion of a Converted Muslim

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By: Wayne and Arlene Wilson

In the goodness of God we have the privilege of working with pastors and Christian workers from a number of denominations in the West African nation of Ghana, specifically in the Northern Region. One of the Christian leaders we minister with is Rev. Immanuel Issa. Rev. Issa is a member of the Dagomba tribe, which is said to be 80-85% Muslim. Not surprisingly, Rev. Issa was born into a Muslim family and later became a follower of Jesus despite the persecution he faced. Read More

Edge of a War-zone!

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Sometimes the sheer grace and mercy of Him who loves us is far too much to take in. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask, think, and dream. There are moments in this life when the veil is torn, our eyes opened with the blinding light of truth, and our hearts know in a deeper way the joy given to returning prodigals. Read More

I Want This, Forever!!

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What do you want?…No, seriously. Stop and think about it.. God responds to the desires of humans. An image… a place among the successful…something that fills? We recently revisited a woman’s apartment at a place where the Shores of Grace team ministers weekly. Our friend’s story is rather long, but the background consists of abuse, prostitution, alcoholism, drugs and deep depression. In other visits, deliverance, with her permission, has taken place in her tiny living space. As she had been on a journey of trying to fill her life with anything and everything, she finally came to a breaking point. As we have walked with her for months now, we have seen the testimony of God’s power to transform her life after several continued encounters with the love of Father God through the Holy Spirit.. She made the choice months ago: “I want this”. As she has sought out a relationship with God, God has absolutely responded in faithfulness to her as He declares He will, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13). Read More

Amidst Tragedy the Body of Christ Steps in

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Our church is always looking for places to serve and people to help. Last November we found out about two sisters that just lost their mother. Andria 25 and Diana 17. Their step dad killed their mom when they were all at home and the girls could have been killed too. By the grace of God they were left unharmed. The step dad went to prison and the girls were left alone at home. Read More