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Helping the Poor

Here are some of the latest reports we have to offer. Please check back often as we will try to post new material on a regular basis.


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Jackie and Sylvia

Jackie and Sylvia have five children. They’re refugees who had to flee Kosovo and leave everything behind. “If we had stayed in Kosovo, we probably would have been killed,” Jackie said. “So we had to run away as fast as we could.”

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Gashi Naja, flour and bread distribution

When we visited one of the poorest cardboard home communities in Belgrade, Serbia, we met many people who are living in utter poverty. They shared with us that their greatest need was for food. So we went and purchased 55 bags of flour; each was about 25 pounds. Then we distributed that flour to these poor people.

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Maja and Baby David

As we visited Maja, a young mother of a ten-month-old baby, she came outside her shack house and felt a little bit ashamed because her boy David was only wearing a dirty t-shirt, no diaper and no pants. But we said, “Don’t worry. People understand that you don’t have anything else. People know that you’re a person who is in need of help.”

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Family of 10, poor home

When we visited the Balkans, we met a family that lives in such a small house that most of their belongings are kept outside. They have an outside stove that they use to bake bread whenever they can. They also use the stove to boil and wash their clothes. There are piles of cardboard stacked up against the wall. And beside the cardboard is a little buggy that they use to transport whatever they find at the garbage dumps.

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Zoran Pajkovic

Zoran Pajkovic lives in Belgrade, Serbia with his wife and his five children. They live in a room that’s about 100 square feet. Their ceiling is made of paper and above the paper are pieces of cardboard. They have an old stove, one dresser, and three small beds.

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Jusuf and Zlatiroga

For the past twenty years, Jusuf and Zlatiroga have been living in Belgrade, Serbia in a 70-square-foot home made of cardboard and broken pieces of wood. There are no inside bathroom facilities, no running water, and no heating. They live in appalling conditions, and every day is a struggle for them to survive.

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Gashi (Family of 10)

Gashi and his wife have eight children, two daughters and six sons. They’re Kosovo refugees who came to Belgrade, Serbia four years ago. They live in a very poor, two-room shack house that they try to keep very clean. They do their best to make that shack house a “home” for their children.

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Feta and Elizabeth

Feta and Elizabeth live in a cardboard home with their children. When we visited them, they shared with us that the way they support themselves is by going to garbage dumps, collecting cardboards and metal, and selling them in order to buy food. It’s obvious that one of the major things they’re lacking is food.

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Maroli and Anuma

Maroli and Anuma have seven girls and four boys. They live in a tiny, rundown shack house with holes in the roof allowing the rain to leak through, which makes it especially hard to sleep at night. With no possibilities of finding a job, every day is a struggle for them to survive.

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Tomislav

Tomislav is forty-seven years old. He’s a father of eight and also has one grandchild, a little baby who’s about a year old. There’s no running water in the area that he lives, so he can’t draw clean water to give to his children. He doesn’t have enough money to feed his family. And he has eight children that he wants to send to school, but he can’t afford to buy books for them.

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Jivco

When we visited the city of Pancevo, Serbia, we met a beautiful family – Jivco, his wife and their little baby girl. The conditions under which Jivco and his family live are beyond appalling. They live with no running water, no toilet, and no electricity. But Jivco wasn’t ashamed. He was happy that his family was alive and together.

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Poor Widow Receives New Home

It wasn’t that long ago that Jenka, a poor elderly widow with four children, was living in a tiny shack house in Leskovac, Serbia, which had holes all over the walls and ceiling, no front door, and just a mud floor. The first time Rev. Krstevski visited Jenka, he listened as she shared about her fears of living in a house that was on the verge of falling apart.

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War Devestates a Former Boxing Champion

Every good father desires to provide for his family. So when the ability to do that is stripped away from him because of war, the results are nothing but devastating. That’s exactly what happened to 39-year-old Savo Novakovic from Pancevo, Serbia.

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Desperate Hungry Families With Little Children

In one of the many forgotten poor settlements in Pancevo, Serbia, there’s a 17-year-old boy named Nicolich Alan. But on the shoulders of this boy lies the burden of a husband and a father, a provider and a protector, roles that he struggles so hard every day to fulfill.

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New Kosovo Refugees in Need

In March of this year, there were orchestrated attacks against the Serbian minority in Kosovo. Over 560 homes were burned down and over 200 homes were severely damaged. Thirty-five churches were ruined and 4,000 new refugees were added to the hundreds of thousands of existing refugees.

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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.

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Christians Are Suffering Too

We met Maria, a poor Christian lady that collects food from the garbage bins in order to live. Just thinking about her makes me cry. The things that she finds in the garbage bins are pieces of paper, and mouldy peppers and bread; it is how she survives. She gets up very early and often goes to pick through the garbage bins at night in order to avoid being mistreated by others. When we met her she had just returned from a trip to the garbage bins; she was eating the bread that she had found. It was heart breaking to meet fellow believers living in such subhuman conditions. It was a privilege to help her but there are many more like Maria who need our help. We gave packages that contained school and personal hygiene items to her children.

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Ankica Daydreams of Food

Ankica lost one of her eyes; she lives with her husband and nine children in a one room home. Her husband was out picking and sorting through garbage bins, as were her older children in hopes to find something to sell or to eat. The younger children stayed at home with their mother. The roof on their cardboard home constantly leaks. It is difficult to breath in her home from all the wetness and the mould. The whole family is sick from these awful conditions that we could never imagine having to live in.

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Exreme Poverty

While in the Balkans we met a community of almost five hundred Kosovo refugee families that live in a shantytown and are desperately needy. They have no papers, they cannot get out of the country, they cannot get help, they do not exist as far as the government is concerned. When they fled for their lives in 1999 their papers and houses were burned, as were their belongings. Now they live under an extremely busy bridge right next to the Danube River in Belgrade.

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