Reaching Kids in the Refugee Camps

kids in the refugee camps

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. (Psalm 145:4)

In any situation, it’s God’s desire that we share the gospel with children, raising them in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

Kids in the Refugee Camps Hear About Jesus

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

Kids in this situation are not going to school, plus they are not on the list of people who will one day make it to West Europe, nor can they go back to their home countries. Such a difficult place to be as a child! The love of Christ can pervade every situation, though, so Zijah and Lorena are making it a priority to reach kids through fun educational and gospel-centered programs. Not only does this ministry bless the kids, but it can show the love of Christ to their parents as well.

The Church Among Refugees

God is working among the refugees in West Europe. He has begun a small church of believers there and it’s growing throughout the various refugee camps. How amazing that people from the least reached countries of the world are hearing about Jesus now!

Despite the many earthly challenges and disadvantages refugees face, many refugees are coming to understand how to have a relationship with Jesus for eternity.

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.