Clicky

Upper Room – Zagreb

by | May 23, 2017 | Missions Articles

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.

Communism left its crippling effects on this region, and then the Balkan wars of the 90’s destabilized a large portion of Southeastern Europe. These nations were emotionally, economically, demographically and physically raped. Communism and war are only two of the factors, which make ministry in Southeastern Europe very complex.Having recognized the spiritual condition of Southeastern Europe, our first step was clear. We were to establish a safe place, where anyone could come and experience the presence of God, because we believe that His presence transforms our lives. Today, this is also a place were we pray for the nation of Croatia. We call this place the Upper Room Zagreb, where we meet five days per week.

This spring one night, a young man came with his friend to an evening prayer set. He observed us worshiping our Creator and pouring our heart out for this nation. At one point, he broke down in tears as he explained how he grew up around religion that seemed to have no life in it, only tradition. He has never been around people who had a relationship with God. He realized that whatever it was that we had in that room, he wanted! As he was observing us, God was working on his heart. He explained it this way: “It is like He took my hard heart and turned it into a soft heart”. It was beautiful to see this unfold. Our new friend encountered the love of Jesus, simply by observing how we related to this God, whom he only knew before as an angry God. Our friend begun a journey that day, to get to know this loving God and this is changing his life.

Life changing encounters are not uncommon in the Upper Room Zagreb. As His presence comes, we have seen people healed and marriages restored. Everything we do in the rest of our pillars is also birth in the place of prayer.

His presence truly transforms everything.
Zuzanna Low
IST Group Director

If you would like to make a financial donation to the Low Family, Click Here.

Stories You May Like

Why Some Missionaries Feel Overwhelmed

Why Some Missionaries Feel Overwhelmed

What are some defining factors between missionaries?  There are all different kinds of missionaries. Some are evangelists; others are church planters. Some missionaries care for other missionaries, and others are undercover for years for the sake of the gospel. There...

read more
Why is it Important to be Resilient?

Why is it Important to be Resilient?

The facts are only sometimes representative of reality, and there’s more to the story than we see. It’s powerful when we tune in to that compass bearing, look to God to help us create a complete picture of reality, and not just say, “Truth is whatever my sense is, but Lord, tell me the facts and the greater vantage point.”

read more
Navigating the Pain of Change and Disappointment

Navigating the Pain of Change and Disappointment

That was the order we were given within minutes of discovering our residencies had been denied renewal. The city hall official was not hostile or aggressive, simply delivering orders. I responded that we would “absolutely not be leaving in thirty days.” She mentioned they would send a police officer to our door if we did not comply. I told her she could send the king; I still would not leave after thirty days. That was impossible!

read more
Christian Missionaries & Their Well Being

Christian Missionaries & Their Well Being

How does a Christian missionary define success on the mission field? We all start here: as believers in Christ, we know our highest level of achievement comes from our obedience to "go” and the obedience to “follow” from there. Certainly, our ultimate fulfillment and...

read more