Mission to Montenegro newsletter
Blog entry for 19 June 2020
June 2020 Mission to Montenegro Newsletter
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
He lifts his voice, the earth melts.
Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations He has brought on the earth.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Grace and peace to you in the name of God our Father!
Here in Montenegro we enjoyed a brief respite from the pandemic as a Covid-free nation for all of two weeks. It was glorious. However, with the re-opening of the borders, the virus has been brought back in, so we are required to mask in public places and gatherings but with no severer restrictions at present. We are grateful for our relative freedom but, like the rest of the world, are weary of Covid-19. Our prayer is that we would embrace this opportunity to Be still and see the Lord exalted among the nations.
- Our Sunday services (morning and evening) have resumed at our meeting facilities. We are continuing to video record and post the sermon online to good effect. We had two visitors to our services last week, one of whom had been watching online during the shutdown. Stan is just wrapping up Exodus 20 in the morning and will resume preaching through Hebrews in the evening. Please pray for Stan and the other men as they prepare and preach the Word of the Lord. It is both an awesome privilege and awesome responsibility, unto life and death.
- Although we are not expecting any teams, plans are being laid for the Camp Monty Sports Camp to take place in late July. We see this as an opportunity for locals to take the lead in serving and ministering to young people (ages 7-17) this summer. Please pray for Danijel (head of the student ministry EUS-CG) for wisdom in putting together a doable-but-quality program given necessary restraints in terms of manpower, time&money, and health concerns.
- In conjunction with the Buxton family in Kotor, we have the opportunity to be involved in a humanitarian project funded by Send Relief, to help twelve families (4 within the church, 8 outside the church) financially hit by the pandemic. We are providing each family with several months of aid for food and hygienic goods. Please pray that God will use this outreach for His glory and the blessing of many.
Given the global nature of this pandemic, the Covid-19 crisis will have long-term financial impacts on many individuals and churches. We expected this to have a trickle down effect upon us; now, three months in, we can see that monthly support for Mission to Montenegro has been noticeably down. We draw this to your attention, that if the Lord so enables you, you might prayerfully consider joining our supporters or adjust the gift you already give. Enabled or not, we rejoice that God is able to bless [us] abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that [we] need, [we] will abound in every good work.
Stan and Vicki Surbatovich
Note: If you would like to send support, here's how:
If you live in the U.S., you may mail checks made out to: Mission to Montenegro with appropriate memo and addressed to:
Faith Community Church
Attn: Mission to Montenegro
723 South D Street
Oxnard, CA 93030
Website of Sending Church: Faith Community Church Homepage
If you live outside the U.S. do get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will give you bank transfer information.
Thank you for your support! Soli Deo gloria!
Original link: https://christianitymontenegro.blogspot.com/2020/06/june-2020-mission-to-montenegro.html