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Blog entry for 18 May 2016

May 2016 Mission to Montenegro Newsletter

Praise the Lord,A)"> all you nations;
    extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his loveC)"> toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LordD)"> endures forever.
Praise the Lord.   Ps. 117

Grace and Peace to you in the name of God our Father!

We've had a packed month of ministry since our last newsletter.  Here are a few highlights:

  • Nick Vujicic's visit and ministry surpassed our expectations! As you can imagine, Nick's visit required the coordination and cooperation of lots of people, lots of groups.  We give all glory to God for how well everything came off--God multiplied and blessed everyone's efforts beyond our imaginings.  Truly an answer to prayer as five days before the event, only 500 tickets had been sold.  On the night of the event?  See for yourself:

Nick in MNE speaking to a packed stadium
Over 4500 people heard the Gospel story: from Adam&Eve and the fall, to Jesus Christ our Savior who died for us, finishing with the glorious Resurrection and our sure hope for abundant life--now and for eternity
  • We finished April off saying good-bye to the Danish Bible School team and hello to our fellow MNE believers. The All-MNE Believer's Meeting was hosted on the last Saturday of the month by one of the Podgorica churches.  This annual event allows us to connect and reconnect with believers from all over MNE as we enjoy good teaching, the sharing of reports and testimonies, praying together, and singing praises to our God. 
  • We began May by celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! Our Easter services were a time of sweet fellowship and well-attended, despite not being able to post times of services (as we had hoped to do) on the Nick in MNE FB page.  Stan preached from different portions of I Cor. 15 in both the morning and evening services, highlighting the blessings that are ours because of the Resurrection and the terrible position of those who do not believe.
  • The regular ministry continues on with Stan's preaching and teaching from Luke 10 and 1 Tim. 2, midweek prayer meeting and fellowship, our visitations (particularly to the elderly), and an active hospitality ministry.  We also met up with a representative from Samaritan's Purse and confirmed our participation in this year's Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry.

Upcoming Ministry and Prayer Requests:

  • We are faced with new challenges and opportunities as the needs of the congregation grow, from ministering to the very young (establishing a nursery, Sunday School) to the very old (visitations and practical help for the infirm).  Please pray that we would be quick to discern needs and wisely creative in giving help.
  • We're delighted to see several new faces regularly at our weekly meetings, from unbelieving-but-increasingly-interested family members to students blessed by the recent evangelistic events with the Danish Bible School and Nick's ministry.  To God be the glory! Please pray for continued fruit from all the ministries of the church, that God would be pleased to add to His body here in Nikšić and Montenegro.
  • We will be hosting several large teams in June and July as the summer camp ministries begin in earnest next month.  Please pray for those coming to minister, for us here as we prepare all the logistics for the camps to take place, and for those who will attend the camps, that their eyes and ears would be open.

  • Please continue to pray for the visa situations of Peter S, Peter G, and Rebekka (coming mid-summer to stay for a year).  Changing laws and regulations have complicated the process for both the applicants and the granting offices.

With great love and appreciation for your ongoing prayers and support in this great work of God,

Stan and Vicki Surbatovich
Mission to Montenegro

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