Seven Refugee Churches Out of the One


Through the working of the Holy Spirit, God has sought and saved many people in the refugee corridor. He has done it in several cases through the work of Zijah and Lorena, leaders of the Caring for Refugees project in Bosnia.

One Church Formed at Refugee Camp

At the refugee camp that Zijah and Lorena’s team frequented the most, a small church had formed. These refugees were all connected to Zijah and Lorena’s local church.

But now the local leaders have made a demand.

Refugees Scattered to Seven Camps

The authorities have demanded a “reorganization” of refugees and now these believers are being scattered among seven different camps.

Could this be the Lord’s doing to create seven new Christ-following movements among refugees? We pray so!

Zijah and Lorena Connect with Seven Local Churches

As a result of this scattering, Zijah and Lorena are making urgent rounds to local churches near each of these seven camps. They are praying that the churches catch the vision for refugee ministry and get excited to minister to people there.

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.