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Preparing the Next Trip to the Ukrainian Border


"We are ready for the next trip to the border between Poland and Ukraine. We decided that this time we want to be more effective so we are looking for several different things that we need to prepare prior to the trip. For example, we can travel with our car, but at the border with Ukraine, the biggest need is to transport people. So, we are looking for a minivan with 9 seats. Also, we are focused to make plans, so that our time at the border can be as long as possible." - Zijah and Lorena

Multiplying Refugee Ministry

National partners Zijah and Lorena serve refugees traveling through and staying in Bosnia through Wave, a ministry of care, education, and Gospel outreach.

Displaced people from Afghanistan, Syria, and other nations in crisis have found a warm welcome from Christians through their ministry. Churches in other places have seen the need for this type of ministry and have learned from their example and training. The war in Ukraine has opened new doors for them to assist Christians in Poland to serve the flood of Ukrainian refugees who need care, shelter, rest, and food.

Going Where They’re Needed

In March, Zijah and Lorena traveled hundreds of miles from their home to the border between Poland and Ukraine. They carried supplies to share with a church that was receiving many refugees. They used their car to transport refugees from the border to the church. They helped cook, made beds, and gave counsel. From their experience, they taught how to relate to and care for people who have fled from their homes.

Now they’re preparing to go to Poland again.

Last time they went in their car, but if they have a van, they will be able to transport more people. They also want to plan their trip so that they have more time to serve at the border.

A Busy Time at Home

Of course, there are lots of things to do at home in Bosnia. Easter was a time for special services and evangelism for their church. Every spring Zijah and Lorena organize barbecues in communities where they are serving. These events open doors for friendship and evangelism. They are always looking for new places and people to serve. “We like to try to see if doors are open for ministry in other places.”



*To protect the security and identity of the individuals serving in this context, we have changed their names online and in some cases use photos that are representative.


As the refugee crisis continues to flare throughout Europe, Wave and the Bosnia church have born a powerful witness through love, service, and refugee care.

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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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