Between a Job and a Church

Between a job and a church

It’s amazing to see new and young believers listen to the Lord’s leading and make difficult choices for the sake of Christ. Zijah and Lorena, the leaders of the Caring for Refugees project in Bosnia get a front row seat!

They shared a story about a woman in their small church in Bosnia named Demila.

Demila Graduates from Med School

Demila is one of our sisters in Christ who came to faith about one year ago. She lives in a smaller, more rural village in Bosnia. Everyone else in her village is Muslim.

Demila just finished studying medicine at a major university, but she hasn’t yet found a job in her field. It’s so difficult in Bosnia to be without a job.

Making the Hard Choice

Recently, Demila was offered a well-paying job in Sweden. Zijah and Lorena were sure she would take the offer and leave their church and their area.

But, Demila said that she felt the Lord’s leading to stay in Bosnia where she has a church family and can have more of an impact for Christ on those around her than anywhere else in Europe. 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. She’s even looking at low-salary jobs like at fast food restaurants. Let’s pray the Lord provides for her and blesses Demila’s obedience.

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