“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: ItalyClick here to read their newsletter
We are the first missionaries from Serbia to be sent out into international missions. Ivan is originally from Serbia, while Zhana was born in Bosnia. We have a son, Mateo, who was born in the Netherlands and daughter, Aria, who was born while we were serving in Cyprus. For the last 15 years, we’ve served internationally as church planters and disciple makers in Serbia, Netherlands, Cyprus, and Italy.
We both hold master degrees in theology and have a passion to see individuals and young families transformed by the Gospel and help people discover their God-given gifts and identity in Christ. Ivan's strengths are disciple-making, networking and leadership development, while Zhana is a visionary and strategic leader and a practicing Christian counselor, which she sees as a tool for discipleship.
Our vision as a family is to love our neighbors and impact our community by building the ministry locally, while using any available tools to make disciples of Jesus. We do that by sharing our faith in our workplace, playgrounds, through our hobbies and interests and by leading, developing leaders, pastoring and counseling by example of Jesus. Our prayer is that God would expand our neighborhood and spread the ministry to other regions of Italy, the Balkans, and to the ends of the earth.