Pause to pray with the team at noon eastern (6PM in Bosnia).
… the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. — Luke 10:1-6
Šipovo is a small town in central Bosnia-Herzegovina with an almost exclusive Serb Orthodox population. For a short time during the war, the townspeople were driven out by Croat forces, who burned and flooded homes upon their retreat. Šipovo is located in the Republika Srbska, which has received little to no international aid to rebuild since the war. Many of the children we work with in this area are live in poverty. Our first Friendship Camp, in 2000, was met with some mistrust, but since then, the people have graciously opened their homes to us. This is the only school we have held a camp every year of our ministry.
“Everything that is in the heavens, on earth, and under the earth is penetrated with connectedness, penetrated with relatedness.” — Hildegard of Bingen