Mission to Montenegro newsletter

Blog entry for 16 August 2012

August 2012 Mission to Montenegro Newsletter

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you.  2 Thess. 3:1

I will tell of all Your marvelous works...

We just finished a very busy month, wrapping up a full season of camp evangelistic outreaches.  Some highlights of the past month include:

  • Camp Monty is a sports-oriented evangelistic camp targeted for youth, ages 8-20.  This year's turnout was larger than ever, with more than 200+ children participating in the various programs.  This camp is sponsored by Life Impact for Eternity who organized the 35+ adult volunteers leading the activities.  Our work, as a fellowship, is to follow-up with the young people who gave contact information and want to know more about Christ and His Word.  Please pray for the Bible studies that are being started for these interested youth and for their salvation.
  • Saying Good-bye to our short-term summer missionaries, Tanja and Rebekka.  They helped out with several camps, leading Girls' Bible Study, and being general encouragers to the fellowship. Deo volente, we will be seeing them in 2013! 
  • New Church Sign is noticed! Not once, but twice.  One older women, R, noticed our sign and has been coming to morning services for the past two weeks.  She had contact with an evangelical church while living in Bosnia but just found out about us.  Later that same week, Stan had a police officer contact him, stating that he noticed the church sign, and wanted to meet with Stan as our location is in his precinct.  Stan spent a pleasant hour with him, and we rejoice in the good relationships we have with city officials. Rejoice with us and may the Lord be pleased to bring many more souls to our doors.
Upcoming Ministry

  • Guest Preachers  Stan is gone for the remainder of August, equipping our son Josiah with all he needs to begin his university studies.  So, we will have two guest preachers for our morning worship services, and Danijel (involved in student ministries) will lead our evening services.  Please pray for these men as they bring the Word of the Lord before us, and for our sweet fellowship as our numbers will be down all month.
  • Welcoming a New Student Helper  Next week we are anticipating the arrival of Randi, a young Danish woman, who will be in Niksic for the next nine months with a mission to participate in  student evangelism and discipleship.  We are thrilled for "the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few," especially in light of the much needed follow-up of  young people reached through the summer camps.
With great love and appreciation for all your prayers and ongoing support in this work the Lord has for us,

Stan and Vicki Surbatovich
Mission to Montenegro

Prayer Points:

  • Follow-up for the young people reached through camps: by personal visitation, bible studies, social events.
  • For our newest visitor, R, that we would get to know her and welcome her into God's family here in Niksic. 
  • For Stan and Josiah's travels and packed schedule, plus Josiah's acclimation to life in the US as a univsersity student (aka "culture shock"), that he would find his place and  a good church home.
  • For our Sunday services while two key leaders are gone (Stan and Peter Stonelake), and for Danijel who is in charge in their absence.
  • For Randi's safe arrival and settling in, that she would find her calling quickly.
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