A movement of God among the youth
of Central and Eastern Europe that finds
its home in the local church and
The world has changed, but the gospel is still the same. And God is moving in a unique way across Central and Eastern Europe as young men and women are being touched by the message of Jesus Christ. Some of this is being sparked by the dedication, sacrifice and service of a missionary team called Josiah Venture.
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Living Above the Noise
I just experienced my first “Black Friday.”
Every fall for the past 20 years, I have celebrated Thanksgiving with the JV team in Central and Eastern Europe. This year my wife and I happened to be in Chicago for this special holiday and the unusual Friday that follows.
From my wide-eyed expression you might have thought I was a foreigner as I tried to fight my way through the crowd on Michigan Avenue. Every store advertised once-in-a-lifetime deals. Long lines stretched behind every available cash register, and the packs of people pressing through the aisles reminded me of a rugby scrum. I’d never seen stores so full in my life.
The noise of the crowd waiting for the “walk” signal at the next intersection made it hard for me to think. Still above it all I could hear the voice of a beggar with a plastic cup yelling over and over again, “Can anyone help? Can anyone help?”
The crowd ignored him and walked briskly to the other side as soon as the …