This week’s portrait of a joyful servant is Franjo Prpic. Franjo is originally from Croatia and is a spritely 70+ years young. He chooses to serve in the WordServe Setup and Tear Down team.
WordServe is a portable church, which means everything one sees on Sunday morning has to be brought out of a storage shed and setup before anything else can happen. Without this vital team, there would be no service, no WordServe kids, and no place to put donuts!
Similarly, the team stays after the service to take down our portable church, put it back in the trailer, and store it away until next week.
There are two things you can always count on when it comes to Franjo’s service:
- He will be there in the morning before anyone else arrives
- He will have the biggest smile and warmest greeting of anyone on the team!
We asked Franjo the following four questions to get a glimpse of a joyful servant of Jesus:
1. Why do you serve?
The first word that comes to mind for Franjo is “fun!” Franjo truly enjoys getting together with other members of the team, seeing the smiles on their faces, and of course, going for donuts together after setup is complete!
2. Why do you serve on this team?
Franjo started serving with setup and tear down because he was invited to served and because he recognized a need. So he asked, “Why not me?” Franjo realizes the importance of this team: if setup doesn’t happen, nothing else happens on Sunday morning. After joining the team, he has found joy in serving, and knows that the team is excellent at what they do. He is glad to be a part of it, especially as he sees others coming to church on Sundays.
3. How do you stay joyful?
Franjo says, “It’s not hard to stay joyful in our living church! I am only a reflection of what I see around me!” In this regard, Franjo is the ideal portrait of what happens when people who love Christ come together for a common task. In other words, it’s not just about the job… it’s about a joyful community.
4. How do you see lives being made different because of what you’re doing?
Franjo is quick to point out that lives are being made different because of one thing only: Jesus. He describes Christ as his guidance, inspiration, and leader… for ever and ever!
There is one final thing Franjo would like you to know: he loves you all!
Thanks Franjo, for your dedicated and joyful service. You truly guide others to grow as joyful servants of Jesus!