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Blog entry for 19 July 2016

July 2016 Mission to Montenegro Newsletter

You must continue in the things which you have learned…
 the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2Tim. 3:14, 16

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

We've enjoyed expanded opportunities to share and live God's Word this past month. Here are some highlights:

  • In the regular ministry of preaching, Stan recently taught in the morning services on true blessedness from Luke 11:28, where Jesus says Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it! In the evening, continuing in 1Tim. 3, we are looking in some detail at the many, namely character-based, qualifications of overseers and deacons, knowing they apply to all believers.  

  • The UCCF English team arrived at the tail end of June, a total of 8 people, including 3 returnees from last year.  We are always glad to see the familiar faces again and meet new ones.  By God's good providence, the English Student Camp was a great success -- great weather, great people, great fun, and great Bible teaching going through the Gospel of Mark.  The highlight of the camp, though, is the many great discussions about the things that matter (God, Jesus, Truth, Life) all the while enjoying the beauty of God's creation, far away from daily pressures of life.  Please pray for the young people who heard the Words of Truth, that they would embrace the Lord Jesus and commit to following Him.

Upcoming Ministry and Prayer Requests:

  • Although we've said good-bye to our English friends, we are saying hello to all the Camp Monty folks who are arriving this week for the Camp Monty sports outreach which begins on Monday, July 25th.  This event is for the youth of Nikšić, ages 8-18, and reaches several hundred children, who participate in sports events all over the city.  May the love of Jesus shine brightly as the volunteers work with and coach and share their lives with these children.  Please pray for the coaches and volunteers to discern rightly and speak words of wisdom at opportune moments.  
  • We look forward to enjoying our second monthly fellowship lunch the last Sunday of this month, not letting the busyness of camp season distract us from breaking bread together, as we seek to establish this new (but ancient) practice of celebrating love feasts, as Jude 12 puts it.  Please pray that this simple means would be blessed by God for the uplifting of His people here as we seek to love one another and grow as a fellowship.
A foretaste of Micah 4:4!
  • As always, summer is a time of coming and going.  We've welcomed back several of our college students and look forward to visitors from afar (US, England, and South Africa).  But most excitingly, this month we'll welcome Rebekka from Denmark who will be staying in Nikšić  working as a volunteer for EUS-CG for the next 12 months.   Please pray for her as she settles into the community and works out her responsibilities and ministries for the upcoming year.
  • And again,  the regular ministry continues on with preaching and teaching, ongoing mentoring, our midweek prayer meeting and fellowship,  an active hospitality ministry, and our visitations (particularly to the elderly and infirm).  Please pray for all these good works, but especially that we might have wisdom in best meeting the needs of the very young and the old as this is a new and growing area of ministry.  And, may we ask that you pray for us in particular, as we are seeking to meet the needs of an aging (stateside) family member.

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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