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Wave: Refugee Care, Education, and Outreach

Caring for Refugees (Bosnia)
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About Wave: Refugee Care, Education, and Outreach

Wave is about making the most of every resource a church has to serve the local community. The goal of Wave is to start a tide of learning, teaching, and serving that ripples and multiplies in the church and beyond. The unique strategies of Wave have proven remarkably effective at meeting people's needs, and reaching Bosnia and beyond. The principles of Wave are that 1) a church building is never empty, 2) that no area of expertise goes unused to benefit the community, and that 3) people are regularly invited to serve. Every day of the week, the church tries to make sure its doors are open for people to teach and learn. In Zijah and Lorena's city in Bosnia, this means that everything from aerobics, to computer programming, to English and Bible courses may be happening at the church on a weekly basis. Then, once a year, the church puts on what is called a "Wave intensive". Wave intensives bring together teachers and volunteers from all over the world to do intensive courses in almost any subject area imaginable, for 2-3 weeks. This event is promoted heavily in the community and is the primary way that new people come through the doors. As people participate in these courses, they are invited to join church members in various service opportunities, including caring for the thousands of refugees flowing through Bosnia to the rest of Europe, as well as weekly activities at a home for kids with special needs, and more! In a country with very little understanding of what it means to follow Jesus, people have the opportunity to see what the Christian life is about through action. Refugees from other countries receive love and care, and local Bosnians come along with the church to give that care. Serving others together proves to be an effective way to build relationships, foster community, and share good news.

Meet the Leaders: Zijah and Lorena

Zijah and Lorena are partners with insight, tenacity, and deep love for their country. They have worked hard for many years to love their neighbors, share good news, and make an enduring impact in this majority-Muslim nation. As people come in from outside the church for free education opportunities, they are invited to join with church members in initiatives at a home for children with special needs, and reaching out with food, clothing, friendship, and the good news to the many refugees flowing through Bosnia. As people see love in action, their hearts are changed. Bosnian hearts are changed by giving love to others, and the hearts of refugees are changed by receiving this love. As a result, Zijah and Lorena are also working to plant sister churches in Bosnia, and supporting newly believing refugees as they move on to represent Christ throughout Europe.

Latest Updates from Wave: Refugee Care, Education, and Outreach

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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.

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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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4 People Pursued by Christ

Somewhere in Eastern Europe right now are four people who have begun to experience God. Here is how God has pursued them!

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  • That leaders and church members would have compassionate understanding for refugees coming from Afghanistan
  • That different people groups would interact peacefully as they come from warring regions
  • 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 other religious backgrounds 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)