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BOSNIA - CROATIA - SERBIA

3 Countries. 12 Days. 29 Events.

March 2 – 13

As a kid, Reid recalls hearing of the terrible atrocities of war and strife that took place in Bosnia and Serbia. He now is excited and honored to take the Good News of Jesus to these precious people.  Reid and Brett, along with Richard and Ginger Hamlet of Global Ministries, will hold 29 outreaches in 12 days all across Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia, from March 2-13.They will share the Gospel to people of all ages and backgrounds: prisoners, orphans, sex traffic victims, refugees, couples, and youth.  Several of the outreaches will be to gypsies, whose attendance usually doubles in size compared to other events, because they are hungry for help and love and are often overlooked and forgotten.

Recovering from Tumult

This region of Europe, formerly part of the Soviet Union and known as Czechoslovakia, has many different ethnic cultures and customs, but has recently opened it’s door to the GospelIn the early 1990s, after the collapse of Yugoslavia, seven states were formed (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia). In several of these countries, national politicians generated wars to bolster national statehood and to establish “ethnically pure” territories.

In Bosnia, war carried on for three years as the country fought to become independent. As a result, two million people were displaced, and the nation’s infrastructure and economy were left heavily damaged. Read More

Today, Bosnia is considered one of the more corruption-prone countries in Europe due to the many divisions created by the war. Croatia also experienced war following the collapse of Yugoslavia. After declaring independence, war stretched on for four years under the authoritarian rule of President Franjo Tudjman, which lasted for nearly a decade. Today, Croatia is a member of the EU. Serbia, once the cultural and political center of Yugoslavia, now faces high unemployment and low household incomes. It is in the process of joining the EU.

During the Bosnian war, the Serb Army killed over 200,000 Muslims in hope of gaining complete complete control of Bosnia. Over two million Bosnian Muslims became refugees. Today, Islam remains the largest religion in Bosnia, followed by Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism. In contrast, Croatia is mostly Roman Catholic with only small minorities of protestants and Muslims. Serbia, which does not recognize any national religion, is 85% Serbian Orthodox and only 1% protestant.

Sources: BBC Country Profiles, The World Factbook

The cemetery at the Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial and Cemetery to Genocide Victims

Please Pray:

  • Pray for strength and wisdom for the local main coordinator, Daniel.
  • Pray for unity and oneness in the Spirit as our team works with numerous local coordinators and pastors all across these three countries with very different cultures and customs
  • Pray for strength and stamina as the team travels great distances with a strenuous schedule.
  • Pray for Brett, who will go on to Malta to plan with the eager locals to prepare for outreaches in September 2017. This trip to Malta is gathering great momentum and excitement with the locals, who are already greatly invested to reach out in this strategic location largely populated by university students.

Mission Schedule

Serbia

  • March 2Team Arrives in Belgrade – Couples Dinner in Belgrade (Brett Butcher)
  • March 3: Refugee breakfast (Butcher) – Backa Palanka Dinner (Saunders) – Sombor Dinner (Butcher)
  • March 4: BAC breakfast (Saunders) – Refugee Lunch (Richard Hamlet) – Backa Palanka General Evangelistic Event (Saunders)

Croatia 

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  • March 5: Team preaches in Osijek Churches – pm Couples Lunch in Osijek (Hamlet) – Youth Pizza in Osijek (Saunders)
  • March 6: Visit to Orphanage (Hamlet) – Couples Event Zagreb (Saunders)
  • March 7: Rijeka Old Age Home Breakfast (Hamlet) – Gypsy Lunch (Saunders) – Rijeka Couples Dinner (Hamlet) – Rijeka Youth Pizza (Saunders)
  • March 8: Prison Visit in Pula (Hamlet) – Rijeka Ladies Dinner (Hamlet)

Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • March 9: Banja Luka Dinner – Doboj Dinner

Serbia

  • March 10: Nis Couples Event (Saunders)
  • March 11: Nis Ladies Breakfast (Hamlet) – Leskovac Youth Pizza (Saunders) – Leskovac Couples Dinner (Hamlet)
  • March 12: Team Preaches in Lebane Churches – Lebane Couple’s Lunch (Hamlet) – Lebane Youth Pizza (Saunders)
  • March 13: Leskovac Gypsy Youth Pizza (Saunders) – Leskovac Gypsy Dinner (Hamlet)
  • March 14: Return home from Belgrade

Please join us in praying for God to move through the Holy Spirit to bring in a GREAT HARVEST in this region of Europe that is still recovering from war, corruption, and economic decline.

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