Monthly Archives: January 2014
Today was my first time on a bus from Sarajevo northward to e. Croatia. I was stunned when I observed the conditions along the road in north central Republika Srpka (the ethnic Serbian part of BiH).
I feel like I saw more ruins of houses from the war (presumably) than I have seen since my first visit to Vukovar in ’03, a little over a decade.
Indeed, the conditions in this part of the region rival southern Serbia for being run down but compounded by the war damage, which appears untouched. My heart goes out to these people.
Just after noon I stood on a hill where about 1/3 of Sarajevo was in view. I prayed for the mercy of God to be made real to this city…
At sun down I was perched on a mountain praying as the Muslim call to prayer began… I prayed for the Gospel to be real to this city and for the small group of workers who God has here for that reason.
Sweet hours of prayer indeed.
I’m online for a few moments thanks to the efforts of a kind man who also pointed me toward a chevapi dinner and even watched one of my bags while I walked to the center from the bus station. This man was on duty on the platform and was incredibly helpful. There are kind and helpful people in this fallen world.
At 6am tomorrow morning, three of us will load up in a car…no train… 😦
and drive from northern Hungary (almost Slovakia) to eastern Croatia. I’ll hang out there for a few hours and then board a bus to Sarajevo to visit some of Jesus’ followers in this Muslim city in SE Europe.
I have two goals: encourage leaders who are bringing the gospel of Jesus to this city and pray over the city that God would draw many to Himself.
A baker’s dozen of us will go on a retreat tomorrow. It will be a time of rest and reflection.
Here’s our outline:
Don’t look back with regret,
Don’t sit now in fear,
Look forward with hope in God.