enthroned

enthroned

Enthroned
over the
Flood

God’s work to reach young people in Central and Eastern Europe in the midst of a pandemic

A LETTER FROM 

PRESIDENT DAVE PATTY

Dear friends,
Many years ago, while in Bible college preparing for ministry, I memorized this verse:
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace
Psalm 29:10-11
At that time, a flood for me was a midterm exam or a flat tire on my car. Not so this year. From a small trickle in February, the coronavirus pandemic has grown into a global tsunami that swept all of us up in its path. When Europe headed into its first lockdown in early March, I gathered the JV team together over Zoom to prepare for what was ahead. God brought Psalm 29:10-11 to my mind as the theme of what he wanted to teach us. 

God is sovereign
, enthroned as king over the flood. He is always accomplishing his purposes, even using forces that seem out of control. The events of this year were a total surprise to us, but his rule is eternal, meaning that he is in charge of their timing and duration.

As the King, he is capable of accomplishing his purposes in ways that are new and surprising. When Stojce in Serbia began posting five-minute daily Bible studies on his Facebook page, he had no idea they would soon be followed by over 20,000 people—in a country with just 11,000 evangelical believers. From a small village, he is now reaching Serbians across his nation and around the world.

When Ema in Croatia began a study of the spiritual needs of unbelieving students, she never expected that over 40 young people would sign up through an online advertisement for three-hour, one-on-one conversations about God, Jesus, and the Bible. Since many other activities were canceled, young people now had the time and space for deep conversations about spiritual things.

Josh and Kristi in Slovenia never expected that the pressures of the pandemic would bring their neighbor, for whom they had been praying for 10 years, to faith in Christ. Juraj never imagined he would be able to train 200 small group leaders from local churches across Slovakia through a training conference that was both highly interactive and totally online.
“The Lord gives strength to his people.” Normally the Josiah Venture team leads over 100 evangelistic summer camps that are staffed by 1000+ short term workers from the US, UK, and Canada. This year all of them were prevented from joining us by travel restrictions.
 
In spite of this loss, God strengthened the team with ingenuity and perseverance. In the midst of coronavirus restrictions and no extra summer staff, they were able to lead 35 evangelistic camps with 680 nonbelievers and 800 believers. In addition to these camps, the JV team led another 42 evangelistic events in 16 countries. These included festivals in Slovenia and the Amazing Race in Ukraine, as well as single-day events, which together reached 850 nonbelievers.

“The Lord blesses his people with peace.” As God is working to accomplish his purposes around us, he never fails to work in us. This “flood” is being used by God to purify us as his servants, deepen us, and increase our reliance on him as our only hope. Although these outcomes cannot be measured in activities and numbers, they are tremendously significant. As we look back on this year, we are grateful for the work of our King to bring about sanctification and spiritual growth in us for his glory and praise.

The flood is still here. Our King is still on the throne. Thank you for standing with us as we continue to serve our sovereign Lord.

Sincerely,
Dave Patty, President
Josiah Venture

2020

MINISTRY
REPORT

Our team is actively investing in

680 local

churches

Evangelism

  • There were 17,922 nonbelievers who attended evangelistic activities across Josiah Venture; 3,475 of them heard the gospel, with 353 of them making a profession of faith in Jesus Christ
  • 10,330 students were impacted through work in schools by Exit tours
  • 13,561 students were impacted by the Gospel to Schools program in the Czech Republic
  • Many thousands are being reached through online evangelistic resources
  • JV staff led 6,814 young people in disciple-making activities, with the largest increase coming in small group settings

discipleship

Leadership training

  • JV staff trained 5,388 leaders this past year, with an increase of JV sponsored conferences, which were mostly done online due to coronavirus restrictions

NEW ONLINE TOOLS
dEVELOPED
IN 2020

  • Ministry Resources at josiahventure.com/ministry-resources
  • Seek Cards mobile app for leading Bible studies
  • Prayer Room mobile app to mobilize prayer for the JV team
  • Share mobile app for training young people to share their faith
  • The Point online resource for youth leaders in Slovakia
  • Recharge video training for keeping youth groups healthy under lockdown

Equipping young leaders in Central and Eastern Europe to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church

Equipping young leaders in Central and Eastern Europe to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church

Equipping young leaders in Central and Eastern Europe to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church

2020 financial report

Equipping young leaders in Central and Eastern Europe to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church

Equipping young leaders in Central and Eastern Europe to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church

Equipping young leaders in Central and Eastern Europe to fulfill Christ’s commission through the local church

Financial

Report

TOTAL DONATIONS BY YEAR:

2020
EXPENSES:

2021

LOOKING AHEAd

WE ARE PREPARING FOR

THIS UNIQUE AND HISTORIC

OPPORTUNITY in 2021

jv team is ready

Floods are unique events that do not last forever. When the waters recede, damage needs to be repaired and what was swept away needs to be rebuilt.  

Although we don’t know exactly when this crisis will end, the JV team is already preparing for the crucial work that is ahead. Pray with us for the strengthening of local youth groups and for innovation and new efforts that will reach many with the gospel. Pray that in every kind of situation, Christ would continue to be glorified through our lives and in our ministry.

When the pandemic passes, young people who have been only gathering online will be hungry for community and physical presence. Nonbelievers who have faced the very real presence of death will be thinking about their eternal destination.

jv team is ready

Floods are unique events that do not last forever. When the waters recede, damage needs to be repaired and what was swept away needs to be rebuilt.

When the pandemic passes, young people who have been only gathering online will be hungry for community and physical presence. Nonbelievers who have faced the very real presence of death will be thinking about their eternal destination.

Although we don’t know exactly when this crisis will end, the JV team is already preparing for the crucial work that is ahead. Pray with us for the strengthening of local youth groups and for innovation and new efforts that will reach many with the gospel. Pray that in every kind of situation, Christ would continue to be glorified through our lives and in our ministry.

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