Afghan Refugees Hear the Gospel

Afghan refugees in Bosnia

A team from the Caring for Refugees project in Bosnia has been making trips to the refugee corridor every other week with the purpose of building relationships and sharing the gospel with the refugees living in the harsh conditions there.

It’s heartbreaking for Zijah and Lorena (the Bosnian leaders of the project) and their team to see so many people living without hope in such destitute places. But God is sovereign and is able to turn every situation for His glory.

And he’s working mightily through His faithful followers like Zijah, Lorena, and their team from their church in this place.

Meeting Afghan Refugees

During a recent visit, they had the opportunity to have a long conversation with a group of refugees from Afghanistan. This is an amazing thing because Afghanistan is a country normally closed to gospel workers. But, when Afghans find themselves in Bosnia, the situation is a bit different.

afghan refugees

As Zijah, Lorena, and their team listened to the Afghans tell their stories, they noticed that there were 12 people living in a small storage room. It would have been a small room if only three or four people were living there, but 12 were squeezing in. The refugees in this area live mostly without restrooms, running water, and electricity. But they received some encouragement and hope one day.

God Answering Prayers for Afghans

The team had a chance to speak with the group of Afghan refugees about God and the biblical message. As they went away that day they reflected that Christians around the world are praying that God will open the doors of Afghanistan for missions. Could it be that God is answering these prayers for Afghanistan by reaching this small group of Afghan refugees in Bosnia?

We all hope and pray that the visits of the people from Zijah and Lorena’s church are a big encouragement and one more step in spreading the gospel to the people of Afghanistan.

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.