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SEEKING RECONCILIATION

The Balkan wars were marked by ethnic and religious hatred. In Bosnia, Muslims and Christians slaughtered each other in the streets. At least 200,000 people died. Nearly two decades later, the ghosts of that war still linger, but one woman is ... Read Transcript


FOR OVER 1400 DAYS,

THEY FOUGHT ON THE STREETS

OF SARAJEVO.

NEIGHBOR AGAINST NEIGHBOR,

LOVED ONE AGAINST LOVED

ONE.

WHAT CATHOLIC CROATS, AND

ORTHODOX SERBS AND MUSLIMS

DID TO EACH OTHER IN THE

NAME OF ETHNICITY AND

RELIGION, WAS SIMPLY AWFUL.

RAPE, ETHNIC CLEANSING,

GENOCIDE, COLD-BLOODED

MURDER -- YOU NAME IT, IT

HAPPENED.

THE FIGHTING SPREAD FROM THE

CAPITOL AND SOON ENGULFED

THE COUNTRY.

WHEN THE GUNS FELL SILENT

THREE YEARS LATER, THE

HORRORS OF WHAT HAD HAPPENED

SHOCKED THE WORLD.

AND THE ESTIMATES ARE SOME

250,000 BOSNIANS SLAUGHTERED

EACH OTHER ON THE STREETS OF

SARAJEVO, AND WE REMEMBER

THE CITIES AND THE EVENTS

THAT PLAYED OUT IN FRONT OF

OUR TELEVISION SCREENS.

NOW, 16 YEARS LATER, WITH

THOUSANDS MISSING, BOSTON

REMAINS -- BOSNIA REMAINS

HAUNTED BY VISIONS OF WAR.

AND NOW, AFTER THE WAR,

IT IS MAINTAINED.

AND IT COULD BE A FIELD.

IT COULD BE FERTILE SOIL FOR

ANOTHER WAR.

Reporter: VANIA BOLE

DOESN'T WANT TO SEE WAR

HAPPEN AGAIN.

WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE

SOMETHING DIFFERENT, LEAVE

SOMETHING DIFFERENT AS A

HERITAGE FOR OUR CHILDREN.

ROR

Reporter: FOR THE LAST

COUPLE OF YEARS, SHE HAS

HELPED WITH THIS LAND TUCKED

OUTSIDE OF THE MOUNTAINS

INTO A PLACE OF

RECONCILIATION.

FOR FOUR WEEKS IN THE

SUMMER, SHE INVITES CROADS,

SERBS, AND MUSLIMS TO A CAMP

LIKE NONE OTHER.

TEENAGERS AND EVEN OLDER

PEOPLE WHO COME ARE SO

AMAZED BY WHAT THEY SEE.

BECAUSE THEY DON'T SEE IT

OUTSIDE THIS PLACE.

WHAT THEY SEE AND

EXPERIENCE IS A MESSAGE OF

HOPE AND LOVE.

AND THEY ARE DRAWN TO

IT.

THEY ARE DRAWN TO THE

UNITY.

THEY ARE DRAWN TO THE

PLACE.

THERE IS NO PRESSURE OF

ETHNICITY.

AND THEY CAN LIVE A LIFE IN

COMMUNITY, IN FELLOWSHIP, IN

LOVE.

EXPERIENCE ONE ANOTHER.

YOU SEE VANIA BOLE IS AN

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN.

SHE BELIEVES CHRIST IS THE

ANSWER FOR BOSNIA.

AS YOUR KINGDOM COME, AND

YOUR WILL TO BE DONE IN THIS

PLACE.

IT IS OUR ONLY HOPE, NOUT

JUST IN ETERNITY, BUT TO

LIVE THIS EARTHLY LIFE.

BECAUSE WE MAY HAVE ANOTHER

WAR.

SO WE NEED JESUS TO CHANGE

OUR REALITY.

Reporter: VANIA IS

CROATIA.

SHE MOVED TO BOSNIA SEVERAL

YEARS AGO TO BE A

MISSIONARY.

SHE EARNED@ A MASTER OF

DIVINITY FROM REGION

UNIVERSITY IN VIRGINIA.

WHEN I CAME TO REGION, I

CAME WITH A DEEP CONVICTION

AND A CALLING TO COME BACK

TO MY COUNTRY.

TO GET EVERYTHING I NEEDED

TO DO AND HELP AND COME

BACK.

Reporter: NOW SHE RUNS

EMIC BARACA, A MINISTRY THAT

HELPS ORGANIZE THE SUMMER

CAMPS.

IT MEANS "A VALLEY OF

BLESSING."

TO HAVE THESE PEOPLE, YOU

BLESS THEM, AND THEY GO HOME

FROM THE WEST, EAST AND THE

SOUTH, AND THEY BRING WHAT

THEY RECEIVED HERE.

IN BUILDING THEM, WE BUILD A

NATION.

WHEN I LEAVE HERE, I CAN

TELL OTHERS IN MY SCHOOL IT

IS POSSIBLE TO LIVE HERE.

I ATTENDED THIS CAMP NINE

YEARS AGO, AND IT CHANGED MY

LIFE.

I SAW HOW JESUS CHRIST CAN

TRANSFORM YOUR HEART AND

EVEN OTHERS.

SHARING THE GOSPEL OF

JESUS CHRIST HERE IN BOSNIA

IS NOT EASY.

THIS IS, AFTER ALL, A LAND

DOMINATED BY THE CATHOLICS,

ORTHODOX, AND MUSLIMS.

AND THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH,

WELL, THEY NUMBER LESS THAN

700 IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.

IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL

OF THE LEADERS TO COME

TOGETHER, FELLOWSHIP, AND

ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.

WE PRAYED FOR REVIVAL.

WE PRAYED FOR EACH OTHER.

IT IS REALLY A TIME TO

RECHARGE AND BE REFRESHED BY

GOD.

ORGANIZING THE CAMP IS

NOT WITHOUT ITS SHARE OF

CHALLENGES.

THERE IS NO HOT WATER, NO

PROPER TOILET.

CAMPERS HAVE TO SLEEP

INTENTS.

THERE ARE NO BUILDINGS ON

THE PROPERTY, EXCEPT FOR

THIS BOMBED-OUT SHELL OF A

STRUCTURE, THAT SERVES AS A

KITCHEN.

EVERY YEAR TRYING TO FIX

THAT BOMBED-OUCH KITCHEN,

TRYING TO FIX IT SO IT IS

SOMEWHAT USABLE.

SHE HAS A DREAM: TO ONE

DAY BUILD A REAL KITCHEN AND

NEW DORMITORIES SO THEY CAN

HOLD ADDITIONAL CAMPS

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

FOR NOW, THOUGH, SHE

CONTINUES TO PRAY THAT THIS

VALLEY CAN BE A BLESSING TO

THE NATION.

WHEN I SEE THIS PLACE,

WHEN I SEE THE CHILDREN THAT

I SEE DIVIDED IN THE CITIES

OF BOSNIA, WHEN I COME TO

THIS PLACE AND I SEE THEM

PLAYING THE SAME GAMES, WHEN

I SEE THEM SITTING NEXT TO

EACH OTHER, WHEN I SEE THEM

WORSHIPPING THE SAME GOD, WHEN

I SEE THEM AND I DON'T SEE

ETHNIC GROUPS.

I SEE PEOPLE OF BOSNIA AND I

SEE A PEOPLE WHO MIGHT, JUST

MIGHT, HAVE A DIFFERENT FUTURE.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA.

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