Report from our partner in Serbia:
I hope you are all well, which I wish and pray for. This time I'm sending you an update from the mission field in Serbia. After we finished with our open air distribution of literature at our bookstand in Vrnjacka Banja, we are preparing and praying about two events taking place in Kraljevo and Aleksandrovac. Our plan is to distribute books and to contact people directly, sharing the Word of God with them.
Meanwhile we have personal contacts with people each day; let me tell you something about three people.
A couple, Mr Tihomir and Bosiljka came directly into my office. He reminded me of the blind man Bartimaeus from the Bible who wanted to meet Jesus.
His first question was this: "What is the teaching of your church and do you believe in priests?" It was a good conversation starter, our discussion continued, and I shared what I believe. Then he told me about the many monasteries he had visited and paid a lot of money, because he was told he would be healed.
What a wonderful time it was, sharing with them hope and salvation in Jesus - eternal life, a new body and perfect life in heaven. He paid me another visit a few days later and we continued our conversation. Five minutes after they had left, he telephoned me and said: "Mr Dragisa, while we were walking down the hill from your home, my wife and I at the same time spoke out the same sentence to each other: "Our burden is taken away, we felt easiness in our heart. Thank you very much!" They invited us to visit them in their town. They were here as tourists. They received a Bible and book from us for the first time in their life.
The other situation is meeting with a retired professor named Milena. She used to be a communist and an atheist. We had a long talk with a lot of discussion. I quoted to her verses from the Bible. She is not an atheist any more, but her trust is in the Orthodox Church; she has never had a Bible; now she does! I encouraged her to read - and to believe!
Several other interesting anecdotes: An orthodox priest from Leskovac ordered copies of all our books. I called him and explained that these are reformed, protestant, Bible-oriented books. He said, "Please, send copies of all of them, and you are welcome to visit me".
Milorad from a nearby town wrote me: "I read the book Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices. Please, send me 40 copies; I want to share them with other friends and believers!"
These short testimonies and updates give a general impression of our daily work here. We pray for openings to reach people with the message of the love of God who is full of grace. This verse moved my heart today: "...God was in Christ, reconciling the world into himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and had committed unto us the word of reconciliation."
It is a wonderful and great message, God reconciling the world in Christ and giving us the word of reconciliation.
May God bless you all!
Many greetings from,