Mission to Montenegro newsletter

Blog entry for 17 August 2013

August 2013 Mission to Montenegro Newsletter

May God be gracious to us and 
      bless us and make His face shine on us--
So that Your ways may be known on earth,
      Your salvation among all the nations.  Ps. 67:1-2

Praise be to the Lord God... who alone does marvelous deeds

With July past and August half over, the summertime ministries of camp outreaches are finished. Here are a few highlights of the past month:

  • Camp Monty 2013 was a great success! Despite major changes and challenges in logistics with the closure of Hotel Onogost, all the activities and sports took place, often even better than originally planned or hoped for.  More importantly, a number of young people seem serious about continuing to learn and grow in God's truth; we've had two follow-up activities since the camp finished at the end of July. To God be the glory! 
  • We've welcomed Saša O. from Podgorica into our home and fellowship.  God provided for him the opportunity to coach soccer on an ongoing basis to boys in a local soccer club.  Along with imparting great soccer skills, Saša sees this as the beginning of a sports ministry here in Montenegro.
Upcoming Ministry and Family News: 

  • The comings-and-goings of summer are now mostly goings...  Danica, a young woman in our fellowship, is off to Norway for a 10-month bible school. This coming week we will say good-bye to our Danish friends, Tanja and Rebekka, who have been ministering particularly to the college students this summer, along with our own children, Josiah and Milijana, who will be resuming and starting university studies respectively.
  • The Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoebox project will begin in earnest in September with the forming of a national team of which Stan is the head.  This will require co-operation and communication between believers from all the evangelical churches in MNE.
  • All in God's timing....   Jesus instructs us: The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Along with Saša, several people who've helped out this summer are giving serious consideration to coming back for a longer period: a month, a season, a year.
With great love and appreciation for your ongoing prayers and support in this great work of God,

Stan and Vicki Surbatovich
Mission to Montenegro  

Prayer and Praise Bulletin Points:  

  • Praise God for the best Camp Monty yet.  Pray for both the young people who heard the gospel and for the many people who are following-up, whether in person or by internet.  Pray that many would bridge from special activities and social media to actual attendance at worship services and Bible studies.
  • Praise for Saša's outreach via soccer and sports.  Pray for a more steady financial foundation, for a quick integration into the life of our fellowship and home, and for many opportunities to witness to these boys via word and deed.
  • Praise for God giving our young people, Danica, Josiah, and Milijana, studies abroad this fall.  Pray for them to grow in grace and knowledge, and to use their time and talents wisely.
  • Praise for the growing Samaritan's Purse outreach here in Montenegro.  Pray for the development of the national team, for the individual members each with unique responsibilities, and for the vision of reaching Montenegrin children effectively with the good news of Jesus Christ this coming Christmas season.
  • Praise for those believers who gave up time and money this summer to come minister via outreach camps and personal evangelism.  Pray that God would enable them to continue to do so with enthusiasm in their own everyday circumstances, and that He would clearly lead those who want to come back.
  • Praise for God's faithfulness in providing for our children's education.  With three children attending university this fall, our financial needs have increased.  While all the children have attractive scholarship packages, the additional cost of transatlantic flights at Christmas and summer is not covered.  Please pray and consider donating frequent flyer miles.  If interested, please contact us at stan.surbatovich@gmail.com for more details of how you might help in this practical manner. Thank you so much.
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