40 Days for Life – Croatia

Nikki did such a great job that she got invited to speak in Croatia!! No kidding!!
Nikki did such a great job that she got invited to speak in Croatia!! No kidding!! July 2016

 

Last summer when Nikki spoke at the 40 Days for Life conference in Orlando, Florida, she was invited to attend the national conference for 40 Days for Life in Croatia.  Nikki and Lisa K. are attending the conference and have sent back pictures of their time thus far.  Please check in to see the updated pictures.  Look for Lisa’s reflection and Nikki’s reflection after they return.

Beth, Nikki, Petra, and Lidija trying to figure out the Uber app. It was only our third Uber reservation ever! (The first two were on Friday.) Nikki's got the hang of it now!!
July 2016: Beth, Nikki, Petra, and Lidija trying to figure out the Uber app. It was only our third Uber reservation ever! (The first two were on Friday.) Nikki’s got the hang of it now!!

 

So, Nikki and Lisa left on a jet plane…leaving the driving to the pilot.   Nikki spoke at the national conference in Croatia on Day 2.

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Dear Nikki, Please find attached some photos I took during your inspiring talk. I hope you’ll find them O.K. 🙂 Sincerely, Kruno   June 2017   Croatia  (Thanks for the pictures of Nikki speaking!!)

 

 

From the sidewalk in front of 933 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh to the sidewalks of Croatia, the message for life is spoken!!

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Katie’s picture… June 22

 

 

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Nikki and Lisa with Lidija, regional 40 Days for Life coordinator for the region of Slavonija.  In addition to overseeing many cities, she also operates the post abortive healing programs throughout all Croatia!
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Petra is the national 40 Days for Life coordinator, under Ante. She is the one who invited us to come to Croatia, and she is a powerhouse of energy, determination, and a great leader and organizer!
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Ante, National director of 40 Days for Life  in Croatia gave a motivating talk. He oversees all of the regional coordinators in Croatia

40 Days for Life- Podcast #62   Ante is interviewed in this Podcast #62.

 

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We needed our Bibles for the talk by Lidija, as it was referencing Scripture. Of course, Lisa and I were unable to read theirs so we read the verses on our phones instead
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Marija is the 40 Days for Life coordinator for the entire region of Dalmatia and Split, Croatia. She oversees many campaigns in many cities throughout Croatia! She and her wonderful husband, Davor, drove us six hours from Split to Cakovec for the conference.

 

 

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Our lovely translator, Dijana, made sure that Lisa and I understood all of the inspiring talks, which were all in Croatian.
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Tomislav is a faithful participant of 40 Days for Life In Croatia. Everyone is young here! Very hopeful!
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40 Days for Life family in Croatia!
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40 Days for Life- listening to the same message we receive in Pittsburgh.

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40 DFL team member Vanja telling us that we have to be close to the Lord in order to be a leader for 40 Days for Life.
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Our sweet interpreter, Dijana, and sweet Nikki

Day 2

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Lisa!

 

 

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The Bishop in Cakovec is very supportive of 40 Days for Life. He celebrated Mass and spoke a life affirming message to us this morning.
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National leaders Ante & Petra give the Bishop a gift of thanksgiving for his support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taking a break with local 40 days for life leaders, Krunoslav and Danijela.  Krunoslav leads the campaign in Krizevci and Danijela leads at Bjlevar. Although we are of different cultures and nations we are truly United in our love for the Lord and this fight for life! It is wonderful!

 

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Information to hear and take to heart.
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Participants Day 2 including Lisa and Dijana.
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Lisa and I met this wonderful group from Osijek. Sandra (On left) is the campaign director, and Bredrag and his wife Suzana are on her team.

 

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Marko is only 17 years old and lives in Herzegovina, Bosnia and he leads the 40 days for life there! He is also an artist and a really sweet guy!

 

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New friends Lidija from Nova Gradiska, Mira from Slavonski Brod and Jozo from Rijeka

 

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The participants singing, raising hands, and clapping in prayer and praise.

 

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National leaders Ante and Lidija in a fun moment.  Nikki is behind them.

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In any language, the signs for 40 Days for Life speak the same message. The signage is one way we stay united in mission. (editor’s note)

 

Day 3:

 

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Sisters, Margareta and Diana from Bjelovar.
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Krunoslav (on left )was a huge help and a blessing to us by providing much of the translation!  Pictured with Eva from Slavonski and another Krunoslav. Everyone made us feel so welcomed.

 

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Damir is the local leader for the city of Split. He spoke on how to present 40 Days for Life in churches.

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Zmonimir spoke about Chile where abortion is illegal.
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Marija and Petra

 

 

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Vlatka from Calovec

 

Closing  Day:

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Sunday was Croatia’s Independence Day, celebrated at Mass.
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Singing final song at closing of conference. So much joy, love and unity among them!  I started to cry knowing I was leaving.

 

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Ante is an amazing leader for 40 Days for Life in Croatia!

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Ivana was such a help translating!

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Hand made gifts given to us!  It reminded me of our closing rallies!

Connecting for life through the years with 40 Days for Life

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40 Days for Life Croatia 2015
Group from St. Sebastian's
Retro- 40 Days for Life -Pittburgh 2011

 Prayer and Prayer Warriors:  Daily Prayer

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Beautiful shrine!

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Djirdjica and her husband, Mladen, were kind enough to drive us to the shrine for prayer. They are a beautiful couple!
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Praying together at shrine. They really put prayer first here!

Sightseeing:

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Nikki and I stopped at a cafe for “coffee”- which we found out just means to hang out and have something, it doesn’t have to be coffee!

 

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Ivana took Nikki and me to an air conditioned cafe!

 

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Sightseeing with our wonderful and sweet guide, Ivana, along with another local leader, Krunoslav, who was kind enough to serve as our translator during the Bishop’s talk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Church of St. Joseph, where we had Mass every day in Cakovec

 

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National team member Marija walking with Nikki in Split along the Adriatic Sea

 

 

 

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Katie’s picture- Pittsburgh Diaper Drive

 

 

Expect rain… hope like the little girl who prayed for rain… and brought her umbrella to the prayer meeting!!  The chalk drawings may wash away, but the message of hope and life is etched in our hearts— all over this world.

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2 thoughts on “40 Days for Life – Croatia

  • June 24, 2017 at 9:07 am
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    Great way to find that God is working to send the message of life into people of many cultures.
    Know your hearts are full of wonder after meeting so many people who are in the battle for lives!

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  • June 24, 2017 at 6:40 pm
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    Thanks for all your work, Lisa and Nikki. Travel is not always a vacation and it is soooooo appreciated that you were willing to take this on as part of 40 Days. “yunz guys” did us proud!
    beth

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