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Back Home and Last Days of Summer MLO

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Hello Folks, Arrived back to the states safely and gladly! The last of the team from the 2016 Mission Learning Opportunity, myself and Heidi, arrived safely yesterday afternoon along with all of our luggage! After a ride home, brush of teeth, Texas Sized Burger, haircut, shave and shower, I felt like I was home again! After an over 5 week stint, in 4 different countries throughout The Balkans and Eastern Europe, it feels so good to sleep in my own bed! 
I will try and write down all that has happened over these past four days, since the team left last Sunday, but to be honest it will not be easy! God blew open so many doors of opportunities for the future that it is so hard to capture on paper. Pictures do a pretty good job of telling a story and they say they are worth a 1,000 words, but even those could not possibly capture all that occurred and give it justice to the impact for the future! I will try and capture as much of it as I can and prayerfully the Spirit will complete the imag…

Summer MLO Comes to a Close

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Folks, 
As I sit back and take the time to reflect on this past summer's MLO it is an absolute blessing to see the team that God has brought together in the past, this summer and His plans for the future! So many people's steps have been used to touch the lives and hearts of many across Croatia and Eastern Europe to leave HiS PRINT!
Thank you to each of you and your dedication and service to Christ and HiS PRINT. I want to send out a special and heartfelt thank you to Shannon (Sis) for her tirelessness to pour her heart into making so many things be put together prior to going and the leadership she has given for the past 10 years! Thank you Sis and my prayer is still that God will call you back to Croatia and reunite with the relationships He has used you to create!
Just a quick overview of what is going on currently and what doors have been opened for the future! God is creating so many open doors of ministry and it is a blessing to witness. I spent the last 4 days in Croatia s…

Brief Update from Croatia

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Wow has God blown open doors!  I will update you once I get back on that side of the pond and get my wits back about me! It is awe inspiring witness to seeing God's hand at work in so many areas. The love we have shared for the last eleven years is blossoming into a field of questions, and a crop is growing to be harvested soon! 
More detailed update when I get back to Houston.  
Remember Jesus loves you and so do I!
Mossman

Croatia MLO - The House Grew Quiet

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HiS HOUSE, a flurry of activity for the past month, is silent and empty. All of the team except myself and Heidi, left Sunday morning and made it back safely to Texas! Heidi is now in Zagreb visiting friends and Janko and I are here in the house alone, except for the dog and cats! At least they are outside! 
Saturday most of the team went on a little R&R trip to Italy, which was 3 hours away and spent the day sightseeing and relaxing! It was a blessing to hear their stories and to see that they enjoyed the time! They deserved every minute of it! They have been going non stop since arrival with all the ministry opportunities we were allowed to participate in. Heidi and C Bass stayed back and made some connections with campers and young adults that they had met through the library. They invited several them out to the house to play games and have fellowship. They had a blast and most of them stayed the afternoon and into the early evening! This prompted the thought of creating a wors…

VBS Carnival

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We had a great time on the last night of VBS in Petrinja. Finished the last day with a small Texas Carnival. Had to have it inside because of the weather, but that did not dampen the excitement and fun! 

Pictures tell a 1000 words, so you just read 12,000 words! I easily could have written that many words to describe the fun and opportunities that God gave us to love them where they were and love them till they asked why! 
We had a blast and have been invited back to do another VBS next year and expand the Texas Carnival! We'll make them Texans yet!
Blessings,
Mossman

Sharing God's Love through Gifts of Food

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Talking about touching lives and crying buckets of tears, God’s love is the ultimate source and He is not shy in giving His love to us. 
We had such a wonderful opportunity today to give generously to 12 families all the food and supply that we bought the other day.  There were 8 of us from HiS Print Family and 4 ladies from the organization that went visiting each home this morning.   As we picked up all the sorted packages, we drove around the city to hand out the packages. The first home we visited was the home of a handicapped young teenager. None of us knew what to expect as we walked into the apartment. Passing through the hallway and into this tiny kitchen room that was connected to two other small rooms, there was barely any space for the 12 of us to stand. Very clearly, this home did not have much, and the living condition was poor.  A lady who seem to be a nurse / physical therapist was present with the young man, his parents didn’t seem to be home. Sitting on his bed, we spen…

July 13 Update from Croatia

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These last few days have been filled with fun, laughter and opportunities to love on children at the Vacation Bible School at the church in Petrinja! It has been a joy to see our team cooperate with the church family from the churches of Petrinja and Moscenica, and share Christ's love wth the 30 children that are coming each night! Maja, our future AWANA Commander is such a natural leader and the joy she has for children resonates out of her every move and action! Her smile is so full of joy that you are drawn to Christ because of it. I am so happy to witness the HiS PRINT team being a part of VBS for the first time and look forward to the future years as well! Our home church Commander, Bobby D is here showing support for Maja and is running the games every night. His joy of serving Christ with children Alain resonates in his every action and is not thwarted by the language barrier! Jesus is felt through his joy of serving these children and helping them see Him through fun and …

Changing a Family Legacy

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If for no reason than to be here in Osowga, Poland than for Coach Robert, that is reason enough! 
We spent the last morning of game with a couple of fun games of wiffle ball and had a blast. We usually end camp with Baseball Olympics, where we split the two teams up into two groups and play several relays, catching and throwing games and finish with home run derby, but this year we switched it up so that we could get more parent involvement! That was done on Sunday while I was in the Ukraine and from the sounds of it they had a great time and many parents came and watching and cheered their children on. 
After the morning session the campers went home and all the coaches, except me, went to the city of Torun for a sightseeing and culture trip. I stayed back to spend some time with Coach Robert and talking and reading the Bible. We really had a special time and after reading in 1 Peter 3 and Hebrews 10:19-25, he has a better understanding of God's relationship with us and His desi…

From Poland to Ukraine Back to Poland

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I am in the middle of a whirlwind trip from Croatia to Poland to Ukraine back to Poland back to Croatia! Presently I am visiting friends, brothers and fellow coaches who came to HiS HOUSE in March and have been blessed every step of the way! Witnessing God's hand at work in opening opportunity after opportunity and actually feeling His Spirit had plowed through the soil prior to my arrival was extremely uplifting. Creating relationships through a couple of visits to HiS HOUSE, Stash made connections for me to meet developers, promoters, camp directors that are all interested in bringing baseball and even American football to the capital Kiev and throughout Ukraine!
There is so much potential to use sport throughout this area of the world to share Christ and expand His Kingdom. I'm just literally hanging onto Jesus robe as the woman in Luke 8 and Mark 5, who knew if she just touched the hem of His robe she would be healed. The strength of her faith was so strong that Jesus felt …

Ask Why!

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People back home often ask me why we go over 6,000 miles away to share God's love, when there are people 6 miles and 6 feet away who need to hear and feel God's love! There is never an argument from me on that truth and I will always answer that question with 3 reasons!
The first and most important is that God has called us here! We would never be here if God were not a part of the call when He asked, "Whom shall I send, who will go for us?" I'll be the first to say that I would never have guessed that I would end up serving Christ in Croatia! Eleven years ago I didn't know how to spell Croatia let alone know where it was! But God laid it on my heart and I rose, although reluctantly at first, answering "Here I am, send me!"
All of us who are followers of Jesus are called to ministry and that brings me to my second point! We don't call our mission a "trip" every time we come! The word "trip" gives the impression that there …

Trek to Poland - Continued Work in Croatia

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After a brief stay in Sisak at HiS HOUSE, 18 hours, we took a team of 5 to Poland. This is our 3rd year and 1st year to bring a female coach with us to teach the many girls we have in camp! Brittany Page, Joe's daughter came with us and is a huge benefit. She played many years up through high school and knows her stuff. 
We flew to Warsaw and then traveled the 2 1/2 hours to Mazowsze yesterday and got a little sleep before the campers come on Friday morning. We are staying at the school again with the players and the weather is perfect. We got up early and after devotions we headed to Coach Roberts for breakfast. Wonderful time of visiting and his prayer for us and the camp was precious!


At 10:00am the campers began showing up and after they all checked in we went to the gym and I shared a brief testimony of God's love for us through Jesus and that we have a choice. God loves us that much to allow us to choose. We can choose Him or choose not too, it is up to them. We shared tha…

Trek to Poland - Continued Work in Croatia

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After a brief stay in Sisak at HiS HOUSE, 18 hours, we took a team of 5 to Poland. This is our 3rd year and 1st year to bring a female coach with us to teach the many girls we have in camp! Brittany Page, Joe's daughter came with us and is a huge benefit. She played many years up through high school and knows her stuff. 
We flew to Warsaw and then traveled the 2 1/2 hours to Mazowsze yesterday and got a little sleep before the campers come on Friday morning. We are staying at the school again with the players and the weather is perfect. We got up early and after devotions we headed to Coach Roberts for breakfast. Wonderful time of visiting and his prayer for us and the camp was precious!


At 10:00am the campers began showing up and after they all checked in we went to the gym and I shared a brief testimony of God's love for us through Jesus and that we have a choice. God loves us that much to allow us to choose. We can choose Him or choose not too, it is up to them. We shared tha…

Trek to Poland - Continued Work in Croatia

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After a brief stay in Sisak at HiS HOUSE, 18 hours, we took a team of 5 to Poland. This is our 3rd year and 1st year to bring a female coach with us to teach the many girls we have in camp! Brittney Page, Joe's daughter came with us and is a huge benefit. She played many years up through high school and knows her stuff. 
We flew to Warsaw and then traveled the 2 1/2 hours to Mazowsze yesterday and got a little sleep before the campers come on Friday morning. We are staying at the school again with the players and the weather is perfect. We got up early and after devotions we headed to Coach Roberts for breakfast. Wonderful time of visiting and his prayer for us and the camp was precious!


At 10:00am the campers began showing up and after they all checked in we went to the gym and I shared a brief testimony of God's love for us through Jesus and that we have a choice. God loves us that much to allow us to choose. We can choose Him or choose not too, it is up to them. We shared tha…

July 6: Two Teams - One Message

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We have one team back in Sisak doing the library program, going to an orphanage, working with the young Stork baseball team and sorting equipment from the shipment while the other portion of our team has been in Ljubljana, Slovenia conducting football camps. In fact, we just returned from our first ever three-day American football camp in Slovenia.  It was a gigantic success! At the football camp we had 11 young flag footballers and 27 tackle footballers and both groups did an amazing job of paying attention and showing respect. It was a lot of fun to watch our team form relationships while teaching the game. The players and coaches were like sponges, trying to learn as much as they could. On the first day, I shared with the group the role of the football center position and how no play can start without him. I then tied that in with how Jesus is the center of our lives and we don't start a day, plan, work or play without Him! The rest of the coaches shared the other days at each …

Update on David's Dad

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Fellow friends and prayer warriors, 
I cannot thank you enough for the outpouring of love that all of you have shown me and my family through this difficult time. Thank you so very much. 
Update on my father:  they were not able to do the surgery to insert the GI tube because of my father's weakness and fear of contamination. The only option left was to reinsert the feeding tube through his nose (which he has had since around June 19th and has been pulled out several times), or pray for a miracle that he would learn to swallow again! 
Praise God he passed the swallow reflex test and was able to receive his first taste of food or drink since his surgery back on the 19th. 
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your help through prayer.  Those have been answered and my family has been tremendously blessed through them. Praise God and His army of Prayer Warriors!
HE DID IT! Let's Do IT!
Blessings
Mossman

Personal Prayer Request for my Father

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Folks,
I ask for your prayers and support for my father who is very ill and has taken a turn for the worse. He had a ruptured colon back on June 21st and has been back and forth from the hospital and rehab since. 
After his surgery to repair the colon, he lost the ability to swallow and has had to be fed and given medications through a feeding tube. He has been in rehab to learn to try and swallow again. So far he has not regained that reflex. Recently he has experienced severe chest pains and has pulled his tube out, so is unable to receive the nourishment and medications he needs. 
They have decided to do another surgery to place a GI tube in his side, hoping to reduce the possibility of him removing the tube. He is 87 and very weak so please pray for the Lord's presence and strength upon him through Our Lord's love and grace! He knows the Lord and for that, I am at peace. 
My brother and his family are there with him every step of the way, it just hurts not to be there to …

Update on Carnival and Sunday

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Update on Carnival and Sunday The carnival was a huge success again and the crowd grew from the years before! We really have no official way of counting the number of participants because we are in an open air park, but all told we had close to 1,000 people coming and going. Between the music played, gospel message handed out and the message I delivered, the seeds of God's love through Jesus Christ was heard loud and clear! The HiS PRINT team did a terrific job of loving on those children and their families! We had more family participation this year which was a tremendous blessing. 

Sunday morning we went to church and I asked Brandon to share with the people our HiS PRINT update and some scripture from his heart! He did a great job! We were able to bring the two basketball hoops and backboards we bought for the church youth camp and that blessed the church elder board who could not thank us enough! We know those will be used by the church at the camp to allow kids to have fun and…