Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Team Bosnia- Day 7
How do I begin to describe what this trip has been like? How do I describe the hopelessness that a lot of the young people feel about the state of their country? How do I convey the underlying distrust and the very distinct underlying ethnic and religious lines people have set up in their lives to guard themselves? When I look at the city of Sarajevo, I could easily give in to hopelessness and give up on the area and on the people. However, when I get into prayer with the rest of the team, whether we are walking around the city or in a room praying for the city and for specific individuals, I get a glimpse of what God wants for Sarajevo. When we meet with the different pastors and hear about ministries that are going on, and we hear their hearts crying out for a people group to be saved, then I get excited for Sarajevo. When friends daily meet together for coffee in Sarajevo, I am reminded of the early church, who met regularly to eat together and to praise and worship God. Would you pray with us for the city of Sarajevo? Would you pray that God would continue to move and soften people's hearts? Would you pray that God's light would shine in a very dark place? God's word tells us that darkness cannot abide where light is. Would you pray that Sarajevo would be filled with God's light? I am excited for the potential in Sarajevo, Bosnia!!!
Izvor is also holding an open house on Saturday. At least 150 people have been invited to come to this open house. While we are working on preparations for the open house, would you join us in praying that connections and relationships would be made? This is not an evangelistic event, but would you be praying for the people who come to the center? God is doing amazing things here!! Come join us!! -Nathan
(PS- The photos are of 1)Karen Dinius, Allianc worker, posing with kids school supplies EHA sent, and 2) our team praying together at Izvor.)
(PPS- While I truly appreciate the five people who responded to the last post, I think I failed to convey my true intent. I am hoping to spur on thoughts, conversations, etc, on ALL our posts! Therefore, I will now offer a Bosnian souvenir to the person who most faithfully interacts with the team blog between now and when we return. May the most faithful prayer warrior prevail!)