Church in Ruma wishes you a very Merry Christmas. We wish you a Joyous Christmas Season and a Happy New Year of God’s favor.
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We would like to take this opportunity to share two very important events that have occurred during the past month.
As mentioned in the title, I would like to share the news about the two births – one in our family and one in our church.
Every birth is a very important and positive thing. New life brings joy, blessings and prosperity. So it is in this case!
Luka has been born!
As a family we are so glad that we got another child. Luke came as the sixth member of our family. All about Jaroslava’s pregnancy and delivery went well. Now we enjoy the wonderful gift that the Lord has given us.
Last month has been rich with the new beginnings.
I would like to tell you a little bit more about Marko. Marko is from Ruma and he is 34 years old. Last month he has been born also! Let me explain. Marko had actually been born 34 years ago, but last month Marko has experienced the new birth. He met and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. It was an honor and a privilege to baptize Marko. Marko’s baptism confirmed his faith and trust in Jesus Christ. I had a chance to talk to several Marko’s friends and they told me they were amazed by the change he underwent in such a short time. We rejoice and praise God, as Marko became part of our great Christian family.
As a church and as a family we would like to thank you for your continuous support for the work to which our Lord Jesus Christ has called us.
Drago and Jaroslava
Today we drove from Sarajevo towards the East passing over the mountains towards the River Drina. At Zvornik we crossed into Serbia and then drove north to Ruma.
In Ruma we met Drago and Jaroslava along with Pero. Drago and Pero shared with us about the way that Jesus Christ has freed them from their heroine addiction. Now planting a church in this city, this dynamic team are connecting with others who have struggled with the same kinds of traps – and are pointing them towards the liberation that Jesus can bring…
Two more hours East and we reached Belgrade and the Bible School. Brilliant to be welcomed by Sladjan and the team…
Here are a few shots from our day:
As you know, in Serbia Christmas is celebrated on January 7. As an introduction to the Christmas atmosphere, we organized a Christmas concert in Ruma. The concert will be held today at 5 pm at the Cultural center in Ruma. Will Perform Baptist Church Choir from Sid and songwriter Mirko Mravik.
The most important thing tonight will be a brief message about Jesus and the importance of His birth for us.
Please pray for this event. For people to come and be touched by message about Jesus.
Thank you for support!
Drago and Jaroslava Pejic
Internet cafe in Ruma
Greetings from Drago and Jaroslava
We are glad that we can share with you news and events that have happened lately.
Christmas gifts for children in our town
At the end of the last year we were able to give out 950 Christmas gifts. Several events have been organised.
14th December, Gypsy settlement, Christmas celebration and Christmas gifts for Roma children.
29th December, Cultural Centre, Christmas celebration and Christmas gifts for poor children.
30th December, over a hundred children came with their parents to the church. We are very pleased that many people came to our church and had an opportunity to meet with the believers.
Please pray for our plans for this year:
– Opening of an Internet café in the church.
– Alpha Course in the spring
– For our family
Thank you for your support in the work of God in which God has put us together.
Drago and Jaroslava
Drago and Jaroslava have been serving alongside the church in Sremska Mitrovica – on the West side of Serbia. Through the summer, this church have been meeting in a tent because they have outgrown their building… Now they are planning to build a larger building.
Click here to read more about this exciting development!
We are travelling east towards Belgrade after being encouraged by worshipping in Ruma near the Croatian border. This was a small church which reminded us of gatherings in homes in the times of Acts. (But nobody fell out of the window!)
Just as in the church in Belgrade this morning, we were overcome by how powerfully God is working to give life in all its fulness and freedom to those who trust in Jesus Christ.
Drago – who I last met when he was a Bible School student in 2004 – is leading a church with particular heart for drug users. Drago found freedom from drugs after his encounter with Jesus and his call from God is to point others to this Him.
Andy reminded us in his teaching from 1 John that we aren’t condemned by our past, but freed by Christ’s death for our sins. That’s the reason we could all join in so joyfully in Serbian and English singing “The greatest day in history, death is beaten you have rescued me …”
We know the reality of these words – ask any of us who spontaneously sang, praised, worshipped our way through 15 or 20 songs last night in the kitchen of the Bible School when we really should have been crashing out after an exhausting couple of days!
Anyway, now it’s pizza in Belgrade at 9.30 p.m. Then rest … or perhaps more songs together!!!
We are so pleased by the good news we are able to share with you. We are engaged in founding a church in our home town Ruma.
We have been praying for a bigger space for our services. With great joy we report you that Lord did provide a new space for us. This place fully satisfies our current needs. House we rented has service room for 30 people, room for children class and even a room for mother with small babies. We are very grateful to Lord Jesus Christ for providing this place for our church. Thank you for your faithful prayers, that helped all this to come true.
Again this year, at the beginning of march we started Alpha course, and it is about to last for eleven weeks. This time four people applied for the whole course. We are also proud to say that one of the women who studied the course last time volunteered to help us with this year course as a team member.
In cooperation with Gideons camp from Sremska Mitrovica we managed to give away 1470 New Testaments since the beginning of this year…
Again, God is giving new opportunity to publicly speak about Him and His love. Near new place for our church there is
an office building for the local community. The local government allowed us to rent their hall there for the purpose of public services. We had two evangelistic meetings there. Our plan and desire is to have public services at this place, at least once a month so that wider circle of people can hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are grateful to our Lord Jesus Christ that we are able to serve Him. Thank you for being faithful in your prayer support…
– Drago and Jaroslava