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So the Balkan journey begins ...

Dec 28, 2012

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It has been said that a journey begins with the first step; and so our journey back to Balkans began with the first step, the first flight.

After 36 hours of travelling (including delays & layovers) via NYC, Amsterdam and Paris, we finally reached our first Balkan destination: Zagreb. This city of one million inhabitants is the capital of the nation of Croatia, which has four million citizens in total. While the Roman Catholic faith is the predominate religion, it is estimated that 8,000 Protestant/Evangelical believers are spread across the land.

We spent our first full day meeting with several church leaders, all of whom are originally from Bosnia, but who for many years have lived and served the Lord here in Croatia. Our relationship, our friendship, with most of them has held firm for nearly 27 years, and we are encouraged by their levels of commitment, sacrifice and faithfulness to seeing the Balkan region changed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We finished the day meeting with Marina, a lady from Sarajevo, who is visiting friends in Zagreb. Marina became a believer in Christ back in 1988. She was one of a group of physically handicapped people who lived in a retirement home in Sarajevo, though she was a young lady at the time, and became a believer in Christ through a Bible study we had started at the facility. She has held on to faith in Christ, even through the hardships of the Bosnian War (1992-1995) when she was shot by sniper fire and faced starvation, and now through many years of spiritual isolation. We rejoiced in seeing her, and she rejoiced in the news that we would once again be moving to Sarajevo and starting again a church.

Seeing Marina was a reminder that God has an inheritance in Bosnia, and that every soul deserves the opportunity to make a decision for Christ. But if no one goes and shares His love with them, how are they able to respond? Ministry is rather simple if we were to take time to think about it.