Day one in Serbia and we are already learning so much about the hardships and struggles of the refugee population here!
Early this morning we set off to a city in Northern Serbia called Kikindah. A local Baptist church in that city allowed us to use their facilities to hold a meeting with the refugees that resided in the nearby camps.
On arrival the pastor of the church kindly greeted us as we waited for one of our brothers to pick up the refugees. Once they arrived, Pastor Firouz introduced himself and spoke to each of them about their faith in Jesus Christ. He then opened the floor for any questions regarding the Bible or Christianity in general. Many had questions about the Bible, while others had questions about the different denominations of Christianity as well as the foundation of the church.
Throughout the conversations we learned much about the different backgrounds that they came from and how they ended up in Serbia. Serbia was just a transition country for them. They all had one goal in mind: to make it to Germany and start a new life there. However, due to strict border control and closed migration routes, many were unsuccessful.
One young lady explained that she and her husband spent almost all their money to have others smuggle them out of Serbia...only to be robbed and abandoned in the snow. Others shared similar stories of trying to leave Serbia, only to return with their hopes shattered. None of them had any desire to stay in Serbia, given that the jobs they were provided at the refugee camps paid next to nothing.
Some had already placed their faith in Christ while in Iran, while others became Christians in Serbia. Regardless of how they came to know Christ, all of them were in need of solid Bible teaching. Please pray with us that these refugees will be faithful to the services held so that they can grow in their relationship with God.
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Colossians 3: 1-2