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Blog entry for 20 November 2016

November 2016 Mission to Montenegro Newsletter

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”  Rev. 7:9,10

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

Greetings from Southern California! This past month has been a whirlwind of activity, with many blessings and challenges.

  • In October, we hosted David and Sally Ivaska (associated with InterVarsity) who spoke at an EUS-CG meeting,  freely donating translated copies of his bible study guide,  Be Not Afraid,  which is rather timely given recent world affairs.  Please pray that God's people everywhere would be heartened by the promises, power, and faithfulness of our God that we might be all the more ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us.
  • At the end of October, while away at a conference in NYC,  Stan slipped down a staircase and sustained several fractured ribs and scapula.  We thank God that he was spared cranial and spinal injuries.  However, since his fall, he's had to travel thousands of miles by plane which is hard enough even when one is well.   Please pray that his healing would be rapid and complete.
  • We rejoice that back in Nikšić, the fellowship continues to enjoy excellent preaching, with local men in the congregation leading the services. Praise God for the younger generation He is raising up!  Plus, God has abundantly answered our prayers and granted Peter S. a permanent visa (to the surprise of the local clerk).  Please do keep the Nikšić brethren in your prayers, for those stepping into the pulpit, for the upcoming Samaritan's Purse OCC shoebox distribution, and for the Lord to watch over and grow His church there.
Our home away from home
  • We hit the ground running here in California for our mini-furlough, attending the wedding of a dear young woman; meeting up with friends, family, brethren; checking off doctor's appointments and more.  Next week, we are thrilled to be spending the Thanksgiving Holidays with the grandparents and all five of our children. Praise the Lord for His kindnesses to us through the generosity of so many.  And please pray for our family time, safe travels for those children who are flying in, and for a good family photo--we desperately need a new one!

With much 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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