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Bosnia & Herzegovina – What is Jesus doing?

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The only way to do anything significant would be to ask what Jesus is already up to here. Because Jesus has been here for a long time already! He’s in all the places that we are not, and we don’t need to be present for Him to do anything! What a waste of time it would be to do something that He isn’t involved in. As we looked, we found Him playing games with children, sitting drinking tea by the river with the thirsty beggars on the street, and with some unexpected people coming to English classes or cultural evenings.

It will come as no surprise to anyone that the people in Bosnia & Herzegovina have gone through a lot over the recent years. So, what do they need most? We were praying one day, and God showed me something
Some of the people in the city are hiding away. Through that they feel safety, but in the end, it means that all the pain stays locked inside. Some are reaching out their hands, realising there must be another way. We can invite them into true safety. God is our fortress, our hiding place. God said through Psalm 91:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in who I trust.”

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been to children’s home a few times – spending time, playing games, and making crafts with them, and generally trying to give them a fun time. They’re all completely chaotic, but all so wonderful. One morning, we were asking God what we could make with them, and we felt He was saying ‘boats.’ It’s recorded in Luke 8 that the disciples and Jesus were in a boat, in a big storm. The disciples were scared, and woke Jesus up who was sleeping. I can hardly imagine the reality of what happened – He spoke to the waves and the wind, and told them to stop, and they did. I don’t understand the extent of the storms that a huge majority of these children have gone through, but we found out that morning that Jesus is in the boat with them; they can call on Him and He’ll always be with them. He’s safety and security in an uncertain world.

God captured our hearts for Bosnia & Herzegovina. He spoke to us, and showed us our part in the big story of a place He’s always been.”

Love,
Anne, Becky, Christian, Daniel, Elsa, Janina, Kajsa, Robyn, Suzan.

Kalispera Athina! (Hello Athens!)

By | DTS, Europe, Outreach, Sept/Jan 2012/2013 DTS | 2 Comments

We are in Athens! And though Cyprus and Greece speak the same language, the two countries are very different from each other. The economic crisis is much more evident here than it was in Cyprus; the streets are packed with people who have lost their jobs and homes and have nowhere else to go. 80% of immigration into Europe comes through Greece, so in addition to all the Greek people without jobs, there are loads of other immigrants joining them in their desperation. The church we’re staying in is right in the center of the red-light district; we’re surrounded by drugs, graffiti, and prostitution. Despite all these things, God is really showing us the beauty of Athens and helping us to love the city as much as He does.

We teach English and German to refugees. Most of the people who come to our lessons are from Afghanistan and Iran. We teach all ages and levels, from the most basic, to more advance conversationalists.

Three times a week we serve food to Greek, Iranian, and Afghani people. This takes place in the same building where we’re staying. Between 70-150 people come for food and fellowship. Before serving the food, there is some time for us to present a drama or give a talk. During eating, the aim for us is to build relationships. It can be challenging because of language barriers, but we try.

In addition to these things, we also get to be a part of some other fun things in the city. Here’s a cool story Miguel had from one of our days out:

One  afternoon we met up with another YWAM team that’s also here on outreach to worship together in a popular square called Plaka. It was really great; both teams were working together as if they had known each other for a long time. People around came closer to find out what we were doing. After a little while some of us got up and started to speak with the people around us. Dortje and I spotted a guy we wanted to talk to, but he got up from where he was sitting and left before we could even speak to him. We were disappointed that we had missed him, but that disappointment was short-lived because we spotted the man again sitting near to our group who was worshipping. We approached him and had a good conversation. He was feeling anxious and upset about something that had happened to him earlier that day. It seemed that he really needed someone to speak to, and we were there at the perfect time. He told us that he had wanted to go into the church that is at the square, but it was shut. So, he considered taking the tram home, but felt to sit down, drink his coke, have a smoke and then go home. That’s when we approached him. We mainly just listened to him. He was going through a bit of a rough time in his life, and all we really could do was to listen. At the end, we prayered for him and gave him some scriptures. He was really encouraged. He kept telling us for minutes how encouraged he was, how different he know felt after talking to us and that we should keep doing what we’re doing. Sometimes all that people need is someone who is willing to really listen to them.

It’s so rewarding to see how God touches the lives of the people we meet!

We have many more stories and we can’t wait to share them with you when we return home. Until then, keep praying for us and our last three weeks in Greece!

Love,

Alex, Dortje, Edel, Jake, Janik, Josien, Kevin, Lisanne, Miguel, Samantha & Susie.

Bosnia & Herzegovina – What is Jesus doing?

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The only way to do anything significant would be to ask what Jesus is already up to here. Because Jesus has been here for a long time already! He’s in…

Kalispera Athina! (Hello Athens!)

| DTS, Europe, Outreach, Sept/Jan 2012/2013 DTS | 2 Comments

We are in Athens! And though Cyprus and Greece speak the same language, the two countries are very different from each other. The economic crisis is much more evident here…

Outreach in Macedonia!

| DTS, Europe, Outreach, Sept/Jan 2012/2013 DTS | One Comment

Our team made it to the first outreach location of our 2 month outreach phase: Macedonia! We had some travel adventures; Our Megabus broke down in the middle of the…

DTS outreach in Cyprus!

| DTS, Europe, Outreach, Sept/Jan 2012/2013 DTS | 3 Comments

The first thing you notice in Cyprus is the glorious sunshine and sweltering heat. It’s absolutely fantastic . The island itself is gorgeous with mountains, bright flowers, and beaches all around….

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