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James Nored studies the “Story of Redemption” with Ivica Zrna in Croatia.
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Gospel sets a Croatian prisoner free

VARAZDIN, Croatia —“I kneel only to God. I don’t see him here.” 

That’s what Ivica Zrna said to the police officer who ordered him to his knees. Zrna was in the middle of a fight with a man that was sparked by money and extortion. 

His profession of faith was actually a line from the TV show “Prison Break,” he said. 

He really didn’t know God at all. 

In prison, Zrna watched the “Story of Redemption” films on the Croatia for Christ broadcast. The videos “gave him great hope and strength for the future, said minister James Nored, who produces the films through the Next Generation for Christ ministry.

Zrna became a Christ follower and completed his prison term. While Nored and his family were on a mission trip to Varazdin, Croatia, Zrna visited the Church of Christ and shared his story. 

He has written a memoir called “Living Free” based on John 8:32: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

“This is an amazing story of God’s redemption,” Nored said. “I now like to joke that they are punishing prisoners by making them watch ‘Story of Redemption’ in prison!”

Varaždin, Croatia

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