McCartney March Update

DSC_0095Thank you for your continued prayers and support for the ministry work in Celje, Slovenia. It is hard to believe that it has been six months already, since we moved here to minister. Your prayers have been making a huge impact in the lives of the people here. In this update you will read about our family life and about the various ministries we are currently involved in while serving in Slovenia.  Thank you again for partnering with our family in foreign missions.A lot has happened since our last update, including some very difficult events. Late in December, my brother Tom passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. We were extremely blessed with extra donations made towards our trip and use of our travel insurance to take an emergency trip back to the States and were painfully reminded of how short life is and how important our relationship with the Lord needs to be.  Although I had the honor and privilege of being able to perform the funeral service for my family and friends, it was one of the hardest jobs I ever had to do as I said the last words for my brother Tom.Ministry here in Celje has been going very well with the Kids’ Club on Saturdays, the women’s Bible study on Fridays, and the men’s study on Tuesdays that is going through the “Resolution” book from the movie “Courageous.” It has been a blessing to see so many men attending the church, when you normally see a predominance of women and children in the churches in Europe.  Megan and Michelle are also involved in teaching Sunday school twice a month.  Every Saturday Megan and Michael participate in youth group and Michael is part of the youth group worship team.

DSC_0271 Youth Group Worship

Sam and Michelle have been meeting regularly with another couple and Pastor Ales for prayer, and in planning trips to the city where they desire to start a church. There are a few Christians nearby, so we are excited to see how the Lord will move in this area. Planting solid Bible-teaching churches in Slovenia is critical, because there are so few Christian churches here.  In fact, out of the 211 counties in Slovenia, 181 have no Christian presence.  A team from the Bible College will be coming to do street outreaches in April, so please join us in prayer for favor, open doors, and much lasting fruit. We also covet your prayers for protection and unity in the body here, because the enemy does not like to see God’s work moving forward.

Michael and Megan continue to serve in the church music ministry called Fusion. Michael plays guitar and sings in the group. Michael has also been practicing piano for a selection while Megan will be singing a duet with another Fusion participant for an upcoming concert. Megan latest exciting news is that she has been accepted into Liberty University in Virginia for the fall of 2014.  She has been working very hard on essays and scholarship forms in preparation for college. We are praying for the Lord’s will in this area will be very clear for us and Megan as she desires to pursue a nursing degree combined with a Cross Cultural Medical Certificate in preparation to returning to the mission field to use these skills and her personal spiritual gifts.

Razbor Slovenia
Evenging Sunsets in Razbor

Sam continues to make electrical repairs and performs general maintenance in a number of areas in the church. We have also taken on the ministry of cleaning the church building each week. Our time at the Bible College with the many jobs of cleaning and serving wherever you are needed was certainly a valuable tool and has aided in preparation for life here in Slovenia.

Razbor, Slovenia is a little village located on the top of a mountain.  Michelle was led by the Lord to host  monthly “Mom and Me” outreaches with the core idea of sharing the Gospel through Bible teachings and then Mom and kids work together to make creative crafts. In the two meetings we have had so far, beautiful hand sewn heart shaped pillows and bright colorful paper flowers and hand-made cards were made.  Weekly studies continue in Razbor, as well as plans for future “Mom and Me” events in the village. We are praying that these “Mom and Me” events will kindle their desire to come to the Bible studies on a regular basis and that we may be able to start a church there soon. For now we continue to move forward in prayer for timing.

Thanks again for all your prayers and support.

God bless,

The McCartney’s