Many of our church planters in Serbia and members of their congregations were once refugees. They have lived in fear of what the future will hold. They know what it means to be alone, without security, and hopeless.
These church planters explain that the Lord is now helping them to utilize their difficult experiences in ministering to others. As Syrian and Iranian refugees enter Serbia, these congregations have found ways to serve and to demonstrate God’s love.
“Refugees are coming here with the same feelings we had: unsure of what the next day may bring or when the next meal will be, not knowing how they are going to feed their children, or if they will ever be free,” one church planter tells.
Through the efforts of our church planters and their gracious congregations, many of these refugees have had their needs met and, in turn, have become more open to the Gospel. Recently, 13 new followers of Jesus were baptized!
“Jesus has indeed become my true refuge, a source of hope and peace in the midst of continuously unpredictable and difficult circumstances,” says one of the new believers.
The freedom they had been looking for by leaving their countries, they found in the One who alone can give real freedom. No matter where they end up, these 13 believers are free because they have Christ in their hearts.