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Mario and Bonnie Ducic

Mario and Bonnie Ducic

Missionaries

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Mario Ducic was born in Zagreb in 1973 to a Catholic Family. During the war, in 1991, he began his theological studies at Theological Seminary Matija Vlačić Ilirik in Zagreb, Croatia. During his second year a Christian befriended him and began witnessing to him. At this time his grandmother became ill and so he asked his friends to pray for her. God answered this prayer and she was healed of her severe pain. The answered prayer softened his heart and that same night as he read the book of John he said to himself, "This is truth. I find myself in every word. This is what I need." And afterward he experienced great change.

 

After finishing his second year Mario decided to continue a third year of study at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia. While studying in Osijek he actively volunteered to work with a refugee camp in Gasinci through the humanitarian aid society "Agape". After his third year he received a scholarship to study abroad. These doors opened to his so miraculously that temporarily left his studies at Evangelical Theological Seminary and completed a two-year course in Practical Theology in one year at Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, TX. After completing his studies in America he returned to Osijek in 1996 to complete his theological studies, in the field of Christian counseling, on the theme of "Sexual Abuse of Children". In 2007 he finished his post-graduate theological studies at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia, under the title, "Effective Christian Leadership - Understanding and Implementing Visionary and Foundational Characteristics of Leadership." In 2012 Mario completed his doctoral studies in Practical Theology with special emphasis on leadership through Wagner Leadership Institute in Phoenix, AZ.

 

Mario became pastor and president of Crkva cjelovitog evandelja in the fall of 2001. In addition to his vision to work and serve both in Zagreb and the entire country of Croatia, as the pastor, Mario has formed many ministries in the church, initiated civil organizations, and various practical church ministries with the goal of effective ministry and positive influence on society. He has also taken part in national events with other protestant churches and for some years has led the annual "Croatia for Jesus" festival, "JarunFest" as well as "Days of Reformation". Since 2003 he has actively written various articles as well as made public monthly sermons he has given at Crkva cjelovitog evandelja. In 2008 he initiated the formation of Croatian Christian Coalition, of which he is the president. The purpose of the coalition is to stimulate and realize solidarity, transparency, quality subsidies and collaboration along with realization of community influence among the members in the political realm through active promotion of Christian principles in churches of the reformation heritage in the Republic of Croatia. He is the Vice-President of Spirit Life Ministries International, a non-profit Christian organization based in Hermiston, OR. In addition to their active work in Croatia, SLMI also oversees Spirit Life Institute located in our church in Zagreb; of which Mario is the Vice-President and lecturer. Mario was a member of the central headquarters committee and council for supporting human rights, civil society, and the justice system for the main political party. He is also the author of the book "Effective Christian Leadership", which has been endorsed by several Croatian Evangelical Leaders as well as the former Croatian President, Mr. Ivo Josipovic. He is currently completing his second doctoral program at the Reformed Episcopal Theological School in Croatia as a Doctor of Ministry with his thesis on „A Biblical Approach to Finances“.

 

Mario married Bonnie Hackett, who is also an alumnus of Christ For The Nations Institute, Dallas, TX. Apart from assisting in various ministries and outreaches, Bonnie leads the contemporary worship band "Bez Kompromisa" (No Compromise). She is the writer and composer of the majority of the songs that the band has recorded. Their first album, "Ustani Gospode (Arise, O Lord) was recorded in 2006 and second Pred svetim Kraljem (Before The Holy King) was recorded in 2009. She is currently writing and recording new music. Together Mario and Bonnie have four children.

Zlatko and Rosilind Jukic

Zlatko and Rosilind Jukic

Missionaries

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Rosilind, a graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute, where she studied Practical Theology, Music and Worship and the Arts, left for Croatia in 2004. In 2007 Zlatko and she married at the church where Zlatko has attended since 1995 and has served in the past as a deacon.

In 2011 they moved to a small village east of Zagreb called Gracec, which is a suburb of Dugo Selo. As their hearts have knit to this community, they have begun earnestly praying for their neighbors and those in neighboring communities of Brckovljani and Vrbovec. They know God has sent them to this community to bring the gospel to a region that, as of yet, has no gospel-preaching church.

Rosilind also leads the largest online women's Bible study in the region; a Bible study that encompasses Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia. Good Morning Girls - Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia has over 200 women from all three countries with 8 simultaneous Facebook study groups, a leadership team and a translation team.

Rosilind serves on the leadership team with the founder of Good Morning Girls and helps mentor other women wanting to open Good Morning Girls chapters in their country, by advising them on how to run social media platforms and start blogs.

Rosilind is the author of A Little R & R, a blog for women and has had her articles published by a number of other blogs and websites, including Charisma Magazine.

She has written three books: her best-selling book 14 Days of Agape, Live Worship and The Missional Handbook.

Zlatko and Rosilind have 2 boys: Robert and Andrej.

Aaron & Stella Hackett

Aaron & Stella Hackett

Youth and Worship Pastors

Aaron and Stella Hackett were married in 2000 shortly after meet each other at Christ For The Nations Bible College. They have served for the last 14 years as volunteer and paid  youth and worship pastors ever since. Aaron and Stella joined the LFC team January of 2009 as the Pastors of worship and discipleship. In 2013 they began pastoring FUSION Student Church and have seen significant growth in the lives of the students in Hermiston, OR. Aaron and Stella have three children, Clayton, Michael and Rachel.