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About Caring for Refugees

Bosnia is the least evangelized country in Europe. Zijah and Lorena started planting a house group church plant in Bosnia in 2002. This church is center for national and international mission projects. Its church planting and evangelization strategies have heavily influenced other countries in Southeast Europe. Muslims are a majority population in their area, and it's exciting to see that most of the members of their church come from a Muslim background. But, many of them face attacks and persecution from their family members and neighbors. Please pray for protection and strength for all Bosnian Christians. The church focuses heavily on evangelization through education. Today, their projects and strategies are active in many countries including Serbia, Macedonia, Hungary, and Bulgaria, and it has taken on other forms including an orphanage, senior home, special needs school, and refugee outreach. Since the refugee crisis continues to flare throughout Europe, their caring for refugees ministry has had a powerful impact and testimony. Volunteers were washing refugees' legs and giving them medicine. Volunteers were sharing their email addresses and Facebook profiles with refugees, and today, the church is blessed with many contacts with refugees from Syria, other Arabic countries, and Afghanistan. Many of those refugees are already connected with churches in Germany and many of them became Christians.

Meet the Leaders: Zijah and Lorena

Zijah and Lorena are on the front lines of refugee ministry in Bosnia. Being apart of one of the few solid churches in their area, Zijah and Lorena have led the initiative to reach out to the hurting souls that come through their country. Together with members from their church, they provide food, clothing, supplies, and most importantly, the gospel, with love to the many refugees they interact with at refugee camps and in their city. Zijah and Lorena also play a huge role in leadership at their church and are helping with efforts to plant a sister church in another city in Bosnia.

Latest Updates from Caring for Refugees

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"There Cannot Be One Child Sleeping Outside"

They've started taking refugee families with babies and small kids to their church every night to sleep out of the cold.

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Iranian Refugees Ask About Christian Faith

They are praising the Lord that their team had the opportunity to speak with three Iranian refugees who wanted to know about the Christian faith.

A Picnic for Refugees

More than 100 refugees attended the picnic and it presented opportunities to lovingly care for them. And it piqued the curiosity of many people!

kids in the refugee camps
Reaching Kids in the Refugee Camps

What a blessing for Zijah and Lorena (leaders of the Caring for Refugees project) to fulfill this calling among kids in the refugee camps.

Seven Refugee Churches Out of the One

The authorities in this area have demanded a "reorganization" of refugees and now these believers are being scattered among seven different camps.

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Man Trusts Jesus in Refugee Camp, Stays to Minister to Others

But then he got his permission from the government to leave the refugee camp and continue on to West Europe. This is what every refugee is waiting.

Afghan refugees in Bosnia
Afghan Refugees Hear the Gospel

Could it be that God is answering these prayers for Afghanistan by reaching this small group of Afghan refugees in Bosnia?

Taking Teenage Refugees to McDonald's

The group from Zijah and Loren's church took the teenage refugees out to lunch at McDonald's where they all had a chance to share a meal together.

Between a job and a church
Between a Job and a Church

Choosing between a job and a church is very difficult! Praise God that the Holy Spirit is living inside her! Demila is still looking for a job, though.

Refugee abuse
Refugees Experiencing Abuse, But Encountering Jesus, in Europe

Zijah and Lorena got word that in some areas of Serbia, a country that neighbors Bosnia, refugees are experiencing abuse at the hand of criminals.

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  • That many refugees would come to know Jesus as their Savior
  • That their projects would spread and encourage churches all throughout Europe
  • That new believers from a Muslim background would have courage and endurance in the light of persecution
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He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)