Devotional: Jajce and Camp New Hope Day 4

Pause to pray with the team at noon eastern (6PM in Bosnia).

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. — Isaiah 32:17,18

Jajce is famous for its beautiful waterfall. It also has the ruins of St. Luke’s, a church reputed to have once held the actual bones of the Apostle Luke.

Before the war, the population of Jajce was diverse with all the ethnic groups well represented. Because of its position between the predominantly Serbian- Orthodox population in the north, the Bosniak-Muslim presence in the southeast, and the Croat-Catholic population in the southwest, the territory containing Jajce was in high demand, and therefore changed hands multiple times during the war.

The school that we work operates as “two schools under one roof.” The children of different ethnicities attend classes in the same building but at different times, in different rooms, with different desks and chairs and even different history curriculums, This arrangement perpetuates the separation that was hoped for during the war. These children have little to no interaction with one another, despite the fact they live in the same town and attend the same school.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot
drive out hate; only love can do that.
— the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Pray for: Friendship

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