Mission to Montenegro newsletter

Blog entry for 29 September 2014

September 2014 Mission to Montenegro Newsletter

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth
       I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. 
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
          that you have established your faithfulness 
                  in heaven itself. Ps. 89:1,2

Who is mighty like You, O Lord?

Who, indeed, is mighty like the Lord?  What a great God we serve!  Here are a few highlights of His faithfulness to us and the ministry here in Nikšić:

  • Stan spent much of this month in the States, helping the fledgling European Tonewoods Work Project (primarily run and manned by local believers for the purpose of providing sustainable work) attend a major show (Violin Society of America, (VSA)).  While there, he also visited and ministered at our sending church, Faith Community Church, and the brethren in Bremen, Indiana.
  • We greatly rejoice in the raising up of the next generation of leaders as Peter, Danijel, Rade, and Nemanja ably filled the pulpit and led services while Stan was gone, bearing the fruit of the ongoing weekly In-House Preaching seminars. It is exciting to see the foundations being laid for making God's faithfulness known through all generations here in Montenegro. 
  • Due to packed schedules amongst all the churches and our own upcoming mini-furlough, the window for hosting the All-Montenegro Believers' Meeting narrowed to nothing, so the date has been set for March 14, 2015. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Ps. 133:1
  •  In the spirit of unity and cooperation, Camp Monty supporters have acquired a small "storefront" very close to the university to be used for the teen meetings, university mid-week bible studies, as an office for Danijel (who ministers to university students), and other possible public outreaches of our fellowship.  The lease has been signed, but it is currently an empty space, ready to be outfitted as yet another beacon of light.  To God be the glory!
  • Reminder: We are planning to take a short furlough this coming November to mid-January.  Our desire is to be in California to celebrate Thanksgiving with all the family, and reconnect with friends and supporters the rest of the time.   If you would like us to visit, please contact Stan ASAP.
We say this every month, but we truly appreciate your generous love, prayers, and support in this great work of God. And we look forward to seeing some of you in a few short months!

Stan and Vicki Surbatovich
Mission to Montenegro

Prayer and Praise Bullet Points
  • Praise God for European Tonewood's successful showing at the VSA event.  The lack of sustainable work (in part due to years under Communism, in part due to the global economic crisis, and in part due to sinful habits) drives many, including believers, away from this spiritually needy land.  Please pray that God would bring forth an intern, retiree, or marketing specialist, to help the business grow from a fledgling concern to a thriving business.  And please pray and consider whether God is calling you to this supporting ministry.
  • Praise to the Lord for building our fellowship with such a delightful mix of people, young and old, men and women, and for those willing and able to develop their leadership abilities. Join with us, for we do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. Zech. 4:10  Pray for the Lord to give the increase.
  • Praise to the Lord for the freedom we have to worship the Lord and to share our faith.  Please pray for the ongoing activities of the church:  Sunday services, mid-week prayer meeting, student/teen outreaches, English Conversation Club, one-on-one mentoring, and visitations.  Also pray that we would make the most of our opportunities to reach out to our community around us and not grow weary with well-doing.
  • Praise God for the new storefront location close to the university.  Please pray that we would use it wisely, and that many would come through its doors and leave wanting to know more about God and His great love.

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