Igor was converted in 1994 during our first mission trip to Lugansk, Ukraine. His wife Zoya became a Christian one year later. Igor has preached for the congregation for several years. A meeting place in Lugansk was purchased in 1999 that, after some modifications, now includes a worship area with seating for about 50, two classrooms, and kitchen and bath room. Additional renovations and improvements by the members have made the building much more inviting. Attendance averages around 15 to 20. Many members have moved away to find jobs. Igor and Zoya visited Northeast in the spring of 2000 and again in 2007. They have a son, daughter-in-law and one grandchild on the way as of the first of 2010. In 2009 Igor decided to pursue some formal Bible training through the Sunset School of Preaching and dedicate himself to full time ministry. Igor may be contacted at the following e-mail address: email@example.com
In 1995, Luis and his wife, Ruth, started a work in southern Honduras in Choluteca, near the Nicaraguan border. There is a church there now with their own meeting facility. Included are separate classroom facilities. Attendance on Sunday morning averages about 210. Luis was instrumental in securing funds to build housing in a "new city" after the hurricane several years ago. He does a lot of leadership training and has a very active youth group. They have 3 children.
Mladen and his wife, Renata, worked with the church in Zagreb, Croatia for several years. His work started there, under the overall supervision of Brother Jovanovic. With Malden’s technical background, he produces weekly radio programs, edits the church bulletin and teaches Bible classes. With our approval, Mladen moved to northern Croatia in 1998 and began a congregation in the city of Varazdin. Attendance in Varazdin is about 25 to 30. In October 2009 the church in Varazdin had the grand opening of their new church building. The building was purchased almost a year earlier and had been undergoing a renovation process. The new facility has seating for 52 worshipers, 4 classrooms and a kitchen. At the end of 2009, Mladen lost some of his personal support from a contributing church. His prayer and ours is that the Lord will soon provide for this shortfall. For more information you may contact Mladen at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mladen and Renata visited us in the spring of 2000 and Mladen visited us again in 2006 for our Mission Emphasis Week. The Dominic's have 4 children and are an excellent model for other young Croatian Christian families.
Croatian Messenger here
Yura's Story (testimony from a member of Varazdin Church)
Arturo, his wife, Rosario, and their family, joined our mission efforts in Honduras in 1997. They began their work in Nacoame with Santos Ramirez. After a few months, we asked him to relocate to La Lima to assist with the congregation there after one of our evangelists relocated to the Guadalupe congregation in San Pedro Sula. He agreed and moved in December, 1997. He worked with Je’sus Aguilar until Brother Aguilar moved to Villanueva in 2001. Since then Arturo has been the only minister at the La Lima Church. Attendance averages about 60 each Sunday. They have 4 children and one nephew living with them.
Je’sus and his wife, Emma, began working in La Lima in 1992. In 2001 they moved to a small village, Villanueva, a few miles away to start a new congregation. They met in a rented house for a couple of years, bought some land and began meeting in a shelter on the new property. In late 2006 a new building was completed with the help of a group of Christians from Trenton, MI. Attendance averages about 60. They have 3 children.
We began supporting Marco Castellanos part-time in 1995 and full-time support in 1999. Marco preaches for the Macaruya congregation in Siguatepeque and a congregations in El Provenier and Buena Vista. All three are located in the mountains of central Honduras. Average Sunday attendance is about 105, 45, and 30 respectively. A new Macaruya church building is finished, except for fans and PA system. They are seeking funds for a building in El Provenier. Marco has helped several men in the congregation develop their abilities to preach and teach. He is well-known in the area. He and Norma have 5 children.
Vlado began work with the church in Zagreb in 1994. He organized "Poetry Sessions" (Prayer, Poetry and Song sessions) a few years ago as an outreach of the church into the community in and around Zagreb. Attendance has been as high as 280 for one of these sessions. Several conversions can be directly attributed to these efforts. He has preached for the Downtown Church of Christ in Zagreb and is very active in counseling. Attendance averages about 25. He recently received his B.A. degree in Bible. Vlado and his wife Renata record 3 minute radio messages which are aired 5 days per week on 6 radio stations in Croatia. Radio Vukovar (one of the radio stations) is the 12th most popular station in all of Croatia. Vlado also records 15 minute messages for broadcasting in Zagreb. Their love is in the radio ministry. They have no children. Vlado and Renata have visited the US on two occasions.
As of January 2010, Vlado and Renata have relocated to Vukovar, a town in the Eastern part of Croatia near the border of Bosnia and Serbia. This will provide a much needed presence for the church in the province of Slovonia. Vlado’s new address is:
Vlado & Renata Psenko
Jose Rene Rosa has been a long time friend and co-worker of the Holland Park Church. On numerous trips to Honduras he has served as our driver and translator. After teaching at the Baxter Institute in Tegucigalpa, Rene returned to Santa Rosa in Western Honduras. In early 2013, Rene and Jesus Aguilar worked together to plant a church in Lepaera, Limpera in western Honduras. Both of these men are evangelists at heart and partners in spreading the Gospel. The Lord has worked through them not only in Lepaera but in the town of Gracias and Puerto Belen also in western Honduras. In February of 2014 Rene became an official part of the Holland Park Mission family. His desire is to plant churches in every town in the five departments of western Honduras. Rene, his wife Zonia have three sons: René Esaú (17), Jonatan Jared (13) and Jezer Abdiel (11).