Mission to Montenegro newsletter

Blog entry for 19 November 2019

November 2019 Mission to Montenegro Newsletter

The Lord is my strength and D)">song,     
                  And He has become my salvation;
He is my God, and E)">I will praise Him,
                                   My F)">father’s God, and I G)">will exalt Him. Ex. 15: 2

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

This past month can be characterized with three Bible verses: I John 1:3 and Heb. 10:24&25.

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.  I John 1:3 
  • In the proclamation of the Word on Sunday mornings, Stan covered Exodus 15, God’s people rejoicing in the mighty arm of God.  In our evening service, Stan has shared the pulpit with several others, so we’ve been encouraged from our continuation in Hebrews 2 as well as from Romans 8:37 and Ephesians 5:8ff.
  • We continue to have a few returning visitors to our services; May they come and walk into the way, the truth, and the life of Jesus Christ and enter into everlasting fellowship with God.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Heb.10: 24&25

  • We've enjoyed a month of fellowship, hosting old friends (Tanja and Rebekka from Denmark), Tim Savage (England/States), Terence B. (Australia), and in a wonderful providence of God, our married daughter and son-in-law for a weekend tacked on to a European business trip.  It has been a huge encouragement to our souls to spend time with friends and family in the Lord.
Treasured Family Time!
Four nations gathering together
and encouraging one another

  • We had an excellent meeting with Tim Savage (of TGC)  who not only preached an encouraging Christ-centered message from Rom. 8 but came prepared to share and offer insights into TGC.  We are particularly thrilled that we had a few others from both Podgorica and Bar to hear him, and then meet with us all and discuss the new Southeast Europe TGC--its history, goals, helps available, and possible next steps for a MNE-TGC chapter.

Spurring one another on
  • With the return of our fall schedule, the life of the church and EUS-CG is in full swing:  weekly bible studies and prayer meetings, mentoring, one-on-one meet-ups, fellowship dinner, and the newest:  the revival of a coffee hour after the morning service and the regular recording of both sermons.  Many thanks to Jelena V for her role in these old/new additions!
Upcoming Ministry and Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for Stan and the other men as they prepare and preach the Word of the Lord.  It is both an awesome privilege and awesome responsibility, unto life and death.
  • Please pray for our recent semi-regular visitors to hear that Word with open ears and open hearts; that they might embrace the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.
  • Please pray for the upcoming OCC/Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoebox events:  for wisdom in partnering with various civic groups, for opportunities to share gospel truth, for the children and their families to enjoy their shoeboxes and to look beyond to the ultimate Gift.
  • Please pray for the many other winter, spring and summer events which are being planned for now:  Ongoing TGC developments, Heidi S's return in December ministering to the hard-of-hearing, a new EUS intern arriving in early winter, the Danish Bible School team outreach in March, a church team from the US ministering to adults in April, hosting the All-Montenegro Believer's Meeting in May, the usual summer camps, plus a possible summer church internee between May-Aug.

With great love and appreciation for your ongoing prayers and support,

Stan and Vicki Surbatovich

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