Jordan wanted to go into sales. Niki wanted to be an event planner. So how did we end up in Slovenia?
During our junior year of college, we both felt led to go on a summer mission's trip to Slovenia. Jordan had a few business internships, and he knew that he wasn't cut out for a cubicle. Niki wanted a chance to spend a summer serving the Lord overseas. We started dating before either of us knew we'd be heading to Slovenia, and we promise we didn't just go because the other was going.
Our time six weeks in Slovenia in 2010 was transformational. We were the first group of students with Cru to go to Slovenia–we didn't know a single Slovene and there was no ministry. That summer the first time either of us had any significant experience sharing our faith. We saw students come to know the Lord and the ministry began. It was also when we felt the Lord leading us back to Slovenia and into vocational ministry.
After graduating from Ohio University in 2011 (and getting married 6 days later), we began working with Cru full-time at our alma matter. In September 2012, we journeyed to Ljubljana, Slovenia to help continue to launch the campus ministry at the 60,000-student University of Ljubljana.
During our year in Slovenia from 2012 - 2013, we felt the Lord guiding us back to Slovenia long-term. After a year of training and developing our team of ministry partners we returned to Slovenia in September 2014 and plan to remain here for a number of years. We're trusting the Lord for lost students to become Christ-centered laborers.
Our vision is to help establish the ministry in Slovenia, and one day (in the not-so-distant future) to hand the ministry over to Slovene nationals who have a passion for Jesus and want to reach their country, and the world, for Christ.
We love Slovenia, but we love it too much to be there forever. We believe God has a fruitful harvest in store for Slovenia, and that one day Slovenes will lead the ministry there and then go to the ends of the earth launching ministries and reaching college students for Christ.
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” – Matthew 9:35 - 38