“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” -Colossians 2: 6-7 (ESV)
Name(s): Ivan and Zhana Kalabric
Host Country: Cyprus
Ivan and Zhana serve as WP missionaries in Cyprus, an island of many nations, migrants, refugees, students, expats, a land divided between Greeks and Turks. Most of the people they work with come from difficult backgrounds, being exploited, mistreated and even human trafficked.
All these people have one thing in common: They all need to hear the message of the Gospel! They need compassion, love and sincere friendship.
In response to this need, when they completed their theological studies in the Netherlands, God led the Kalabric family, pioneer missionaries of Serbia to the island of Cyprus.
They’ve become friends of the friendless, shared hope with the hopeless and helped people discover and live their identity in Christ.
Through church work, discipleship huddles, student ministries, women and family ministries and social work, they’ve raised a new generation of disciple makers, local people who carry out the vision of disciples’ multiplication.
These years efforts resulted in multiple leadership teams emerging to reach out to various people groups in Nicosia and across Cyprus.
Disciple making movements have emerged among asylum seekers from a predominantly Muslim background, who caught the vision of disciples’ multiplication.
God raised leaders among students in Turkish part of Cyprus as they’ve shared their faith with others and made disciples. All these leaders are trained not only to make disciples, but to reproduce leaders too.
Now, as the ministry in Cyprus continues, God is leading Ivan and Zhana to explore a new sphere of influence for the ministry of World Partners in the region where languages they speak are used.
In this transition they will be focusing on pioneering locally sustainable disciple making communities in their own area in northwest Balkans, with a regional focus on developing a network of leaders dedicated to disciples’ multiplication in former Yugoslavian countries.
Until then they will continue to identify key individuals in the region through the network of leaders they’ve already established.