Posted by Tim on 31st May 2010
This cute little boy is Igor. He wasn’t always so cheerful. During the Serbian war, Igor and his family had to flee their home, and ended up with hundreds of others sleeping rough in a half-complete school building which became an ad hoc refugee camp. Traumatised by the event, he withdrew, and became known throughout the camp as the child who never smiled.
Some while later, some Christians from Belgrade Bible School began a regular ministry to the refugees. They built up relationships and helped whoever they could. One day they asked Igor’s parents if they could take him on a children’s camp they were organising, along with his brothers and sisters and other children from the refugee camp. His parents agreed.
When the children came back, people didn’t recognise Igor. They thought he looked familiar, but they didn’t know him. Only after a few days did somebody work out what the difference was – his cheeky grin! When they asked him why he smiled so much, he told them that he’d met Jesus.
Belgrade Bible School has hundreds of similar stories of what God has done in the lives of Serbian people. Since its beginning in 1996 amid the death throes of Yugoslavia, it has sent out church planters and evangelists all over Serbia. They have endured much hardship and struggle, but the gospel is prevailing. Please pray for them. Supported by Oak Hall, the well-known organiser of Christian expeditions, the bible college is under Serbian leadership and continues to grow and develop.
Read more about Belgrade Bible College: http://www.oakhall.org.uk/
Visit the Bible College with Oak Hall: http://www.oakhall.co.uk/pages/summer10serbiaatom.asp