An Exciting Change!

We are excited to announce a small but significant change in our ministry.  We have become partners with Christian Educators Outreach (CEO) - a nonprofit organization for the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Please take some time to look at their website - especially their Story, Practice and Core Beliefs section.  The reasons we made the change can be summarized as follows:

5. Connections.  The head of CEO - Tom Foley - has been to Orahovica, met our pastor and his wife, and preached in our church.  He is familiar with how ministry works here.  In fact, he brought a team over 5 years ago to begin English classes in Slatina - the same English classes Jeremy now teaches.  In other words, CEO has already had an influence on our ministry without our knowing it.

4. Finances.  New Europe Vision - our former organization  - was primarily designed to send humanitarian aid to the former-Yugoslavia.  NEV waited until a certain amount of money came in before sending it our way.  That made budgeting and financial planning very difficult for us.  CEO is set up to send your contirbutions to us monthly.

3. Team.  In the past we were the only missionaries supported by New Europe Vision.  While NEV fit our needs at the beginning, there was no existing network within the organization with whom we could exchange ideas, receive advice or be encouraged.  CEO has a network of partners with a similar vision and mission.  We will be attending a CEO conference in the next couple weeks where we'll meet with many of our  new partners. 

2. Flexibility.  We are in a unique situation: Petra is from Croatia, had a preexisting relationship with our church and considered Orahovica home before we ever moved here.  CEO will not dictate how we work, when we return to the States or how much money we raise.  Instead, they will give us the flexibility to decide - with the elders of our church - what our ministry should look like.  Essentially, that means that our practical ministry won't change at all.

1. Mission.  The Bohalls and CEO are on the same page.  Again, please see the Core Beliefs section on CEO's website.  In summary, we will work together to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ "to the ends of the earth". (Acts 1:8b)

One thing we want you to know is that 10% will be taken from every donation to offset CEO's administrative and ministry development costs. While that's an increase, we feel that the advantages listed above wouldn't be possible without a small portion of your support going to CEO.  In other words, we see the 10% as beneficial to our ministry.  If you are interested in supporting us financially, please see the directions in the column on the right hand side of this site. 

Finding an organization like Christian Educators Outreach was something we have been praying for.  CEO was recommended to us by a good friend who recently pastored a church in Croatia.  He, in addition to the other connections we mentioned and the time we've spent talking with Tom Foley have only reinforced the fact that God has opened this door for us.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

In Christ,

Jeremy and Petra Bohall