Stoneworks continues to expand its ministry in Montenegro. In May, we’ll send a team from the Wesley Foundation at the University of Georgia. These students will help the local church in a variety of ways. We plan again to send a team to help run a youth camp in July. We also hope to support church planters to start churches in cities that currently have no evangelical church.
Stoneworks bases our activities on relationships that God has established, so now is a good time to introduce a couple of key people in Montenegro.
Vladimir is an ethnic Slovak from Serbia who moved to Montenegro as a church planter fourteen years ago. He and Marijana (pronounced mary-ahna) live in Podgorica, the capitol of Montenegro.
Vladimir is the founder and pastor of Brethren Assembly, one of only three evangelical churches in the country. Vladimir is a gifted teacher, pastor and administrator. Marijana is a gifted musician, evangelist and counselor. They both love the Lord and give their lives daily to serve the church and the country in Christ’s name. We are thankful to be called both to serve and partner with them.
Here is a report that Vladimir recently sent —
This is Milanka, mother of our brother Dejan who has been coming to our church for four years. Milanka was very mad at Dejan when he accepted Jesus. She forced him to move out of their apartment, but Dejan was firm in Jesus. Now, she has decided to follow Jesus as her Savior. She said that she feels like flying, and she was wondering why she delayed giving her life to the Lord. The enemy was very active around her during the past year, whenever she wanted to come to the meeting and publicly confess her decision to follow Jesus, three times something happened that kept her away. Even now, after she made her decision, enemy was very furious. Right after few days he started to attack her very strongly through a bad relationship with her close relative. She just told me yesterday that she made everything right now and that her wings to fly came back. It is so encouraging to see people as they are fighting and getting victory in the name of Jesus.
Goran, Marko and Marija are a family that now live in Niš, Serbia. They lived in Montenegro for many years until 2001, with their mother who converted to Christ first. They recently turned their lives to Jesus. Because of their emotional connection with us and Montenegro, they desired to be baptized in Montenegro. We are glad that we could share the joy with them.
Here are pictures of our Kid’s Club. We are really excited when children are coming to hear the Word of God but also to have friendship and good and healthy entertainment. It started to be serious ministry when we started to distribute shoe boxes from Samaritan’s Purse for Christmas. We are privileged that parents trust us enough to let their children come for this club. We pick them up at their homes because almost all of them are from poor families and don’t have a car to bring them.
Below is a picture of our most recent meeting. It was really great. We had visitors from other towns and we also had a few non-believers. God was at work. The Lord moved two people to publicly confess their faults and it made a special atmosphere in the church where others were encouraged to apologize to each other.
Please be praying for our need of a new building. We sense that the Lord may be leading us to something new, and we do have need for a multi-purpose building. Every evening we have activities: sports nights, prayer meetings, movie night on Thursdays (Christian movies as an outreach), Saturday afternoon kids’ club, Saturday evening youth meeting, English classes twice a day on Mondays and Saturdays, as well as our Sunday services.
Thank you to all who have been praying for us even though you have not had much information: God knew what to do with each prayer that was directed towards Him.
In Christ’s love
Vladimir and Marijana