A Picnic for Refugees

We know from Revelation 7 that there will be worshipers from every tribe, tongue, people, and language at the throne of Jesus. This includes people groups from deep within the Middle East.

God in His lovingkindness is working even now in the circumstances and hearts of Middle Easterners to allow them to hear the gospel.

Becoming Refugees

Right now there continues to be a mass exodus of people from all over the Middle East to countries in Eastern Europe where refugees hope to find safety, a new life, and a better future. In reality, circumstances for refugees are typically not great. They lack food, clean water, shelter, and other basic human needs. But more than that, what these refugees lack the most is in the area of their spiritual need—salvation from their sin and shame.

God is working even in these dire circumstances to bring these people from Middle Eastern countries to a new location where there are believers who care enough to minister to their physical and spiritual needs.

A Church Plans a Picnic

Currently, many of the refugees passing through the refugee corridor in Bosnia are living in parks. That’s adults, kids, and teenagers alike, all from the Middle East and all in need of so much help. By God’s grace, a church in Bosnia has made it their aim to reach these hurting people. They’ve been collecting sleeping bags and pillows to distribute. They’re gathering food and offering meals to the hungry refugees. They even do special events like planning a picnic in the park.

More than 100 refugees attended the picnic and it presented opportunities to lovingly care for them.  It also piqued the curiosity of many people!  “Who are you and why are you doing this?”  Through their conversations, they were able to share about Jesus’ payment for sin for all who believe.

How to Pray

Join us in praising God for how He is orchestrating conversations about the gospel among people who may never have heard the good news in their home countries. Pray that God uses this mass “exodus” to save refugees from many different people groups throughout the Middle East.  After all, we know from the Old Testament how God is able to use a mass Exodus for His incredible plan and glory!  We know He can do it again.

“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” (Hebrews 13:14)

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.