Paula's husband Richard (now deceased) grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and Paula in Texas. They met and married in Texas, raised a family there, and were in private business, operating a small machinery sales and service shop until 1988.
After their children were grown and out of the house, they felt God's call to enter the mission field. They sold their business, joined Greater Europe Mission (GEM) called to Eastern Europe. Their first assignment was in Vienna, Austria, where Richard was the business director of the Eastern European Bible School. As the Iron Curtain was falling apart, they were making plans to take the Bible school into Yugoslavia. Then the terrible civil war broke out and Yugoslavia disintegrated.
After peace came to Croatia, Rich and Paula moved to Sisak (pronounced Sis-ock) to become church planters and evangelists. They have done their evangelism through personal contacts and a program called Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). This program involves bringing over American Christians to help teach English to Croatians in two-week sessions. The workers are trained in teaching and evangelism for a week before the classes start. Association with the students hopefully leads to relationships and sharing the Gospel of Christ.
They have planted a church in Sisak and have helped establish other small fellowships in the surrounding towns, as well as hosting Bible studies in their own home.
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