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Feeding the Hungry

I have returned recently from a three-and-one-half week missions trip to the Balkans. It feels good to be back home after a difficult but fruitful missions trip. Thank you for your prayers. The Lord did protect me, especially in Budapest, as two young men attacked me in the middle of the day.

Slobodan Krstevski points to a large load of flour to be donated to families.

In Serbia itself I experienced the bitter cold, particularly during the night hours when there was no heating because of power outages. But in spite of those inconveniences I praise the Lord for what He enabled me to do. Thank you for your prayers.

With the help from Christians in Canada and from Craig F. Pitts we helped to feed 520 hungry families in Yugoslavia. We provided the hungry Christians and refugees with 25 kilograms (55 lbs.) of flour for making bread. The flour will last them anywhere between 20 to 30 days depending on the number of children each family has. According to Rev. Selim Alijevic from Leskovac, the people were very happy to receive the aid.

Christian ladies receive their bag of flour.

As I preached the Gospel during this missions trip there were quite a number of people that came to know the Lord. In addition to evangelistic preaching I was also asked to conduct a teaching on marital relationships, which I did with great blessing in Belgrade in the church of Rev. Mane Koruga.

I am thankful that the Lord has allowed Shining Light Ministries during the year 2000 to demonstrate His love to thousands of men, women, and children in the Balkans. Even in the midst of their suffering we have been able to demonstrate our love and concern by providing physical and spiritual assistance at their point of need.

But more needs to be done. Jacky Rowland, a BBC correspondent, wrote from Belgrade on December 22, 2000, an accurate description of the situation in Yugoslavia. She says:

"The streets of Belgrade have become one big flea-market. Grinding poverty has driven ordinary people to sell off their personal possessions: hats, shoes, even a table lamp are spread out on the ground. Under 10 years of rule by Slobodan Milosevic, they have been trying to get by on wages that are worth less every month. The average salary is currently just $40. Many people have reached breaking point."

A young boy with his family's bag of flour.

Electrical power outages are daily occurrences. Some people are without power up to 20 hours per day. That is pretty difficult during the bitter Balkan winters.

As I met the hungry Christians and refugees, and as I embraced the orphans it was a heart-breaking experience to see their sad faces and to see their awesome need just to survive. Slobodanka Torbica from a town near Belgrade says that it is proving almost impossible for people to get by from day to day without a regular income. "Forget about meat on your menu, forget about fruit, forget about everything, really down to the very basics - bread and pasta and that's about it," she said.

Please continue to pray for the people of the Balkans. Join with us in praying and reaching these needy people with the love of Jesus Christ. Maybe the Lord will lead you sometime in the future to join us on a missions trip to the Balkans so we can together bless these needy people.

May God richly bless you and what you do!

Slobodan and Ljiljana Krstevski