Devotional: Arrive in Sarajevo

Pause to pray with the team at noon eastern time (6pm Bosnia time).

How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? — Psalm 137:6

Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia Herzegovina and is the center of the country’s economy, university education and culture. The city has numerous cinemas, art galleries and film production houses. It has a rich history that dates to 2400-2200 B.C. On a walk around town, you can see the influences of the Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, Yugoslav and modern eras. During the war, Serbian forces surrounded the city and attacked residents with sniper fire and mortar shells. The siege lasted three years. At times, there was no electricity, water or food. Some scars from the war remain today, including a few Sarajevo “roses,” holes in the sidewalks and streets that had once been hit by mortars and are now filled with red resin. In these scars we are reminded of the peace and reconciliation for which we pray and strive through our ministry here.

Peace is not an absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. — Baruch Spinoza

Pray for: Healing

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