Thursday, January 24, 2008

We made it to Bosnia!

Our students at the center in Sarajevo!!-->

Today is Thursday, our fifth full day in Bosnia. We are still getting adjusted and finding out about different ministry possibilities here in the city, but we have been warmly welcomed by a missionary couple that is hosting us and by all of the friends that I had the privilege to meet last spring when I was here. I am so happy to be back in this beautiful city and to see these wonderful people again! There are actually two missionary couples hosting us, Tom and Kristie Trowbridge, who I worked with last time and a new couple working with them, Larry and Jill Couch. They are running the community center ministry here in Sarajevo and we will be helping them out with all of the happenings at the center for our two months here.

Besides helping with the community center we hope to join up with some of the other ministries going on in the city, being a blessing wherever we can! Some other ministry opportunities include: serving at the International Church here, at a church for Roma (Gypsy) people, English clubs for children, building relationships with young people through sportsJ, student ministries and hopefully visiting a local orphanage. Pray for the Lord to lead us to the right ministries at the right times and to be a blessings and help to the local ministries in their outreach to Sarajevo! And pray for the relationships we are building with the young people. May God use us to love on the people here that he loves so much!

Thank you for your prayers and support! It is great to see God's provision for this trip and I am excited to see what He will do in this time! Okay, this is all for now....keep posted for more info!

Team Building in Budapest!

Last week we had a great time at YWAM Budapest, Hungary enjoying a week of teaching on team building and outreach preparation. Nic and Marion Barella, an American/English couple who are on staff with YWAM Budapest, were our teachers and they did a great job helping us to reflect on our different gifts and passions and then challenging us to think about how we can use all of these gifts together on outreach in Bosnia. It was a very helpful week full of discoveries about one another and some practical information on how to prepare for the next two months. We discovered that many of us have hearts for people in need and I am sure that this is not by mistake J I am eager to see how this gifting will come out and be used as we serve in Bosnia.

<--- There you can see us doing a fun team building activity. Trying to get all six of us on one piece of paper! Good times! :)

"All that is not the love of God has no meaning for me. I can truthfully say that I have no interest in anything but the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. If God wants it to, my life will be useful through my word and witness. If He wants it to, my life will bear fruit through my prayers and sacrifices. But the usefulness of my life is His concern, not mine. It would be indecent of me to worry about that."
- Dominique Voillaume
(From "The Signature of Jesus" by Brennan Manning)