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Bosnians Find 'Prototype' to Heal Divided Nation

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THE ONE PLACE WHERE ALL

BOSNIANS CAN FIND FORGIVENESS.

THE CHURCH IS A PROTO TYPE OF

SOMETHING SPECIAL.

SARAJEVO HELD THE OPENING

CEREMONIES TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES.

TODAY FILLED WITH THOUSANDS OF

PEOPLE, VICTIMS OF THE BOZ

KNEEIAN WAR.

THIS IS WHAT THE TINY

EVANGELICAL CHURCH HAS TO DEAL

WITH BRINGING HEALING AND

RECONCILIATION TO A NATION

BITTERLY DIVIDED BY THE ACTS OF

WAR.

POLITICIANS ARE BRINGING US

TOGETHER, WORLD IS TRYING TO

BRING US TOGETHER, HUMANITARIAN

GROUPS BRINGING US TOGETHER.

ONLY IN THE CHURCH WHERE REAL

FELLOWSHIP AND COMMUNICATION IS

POSSIBLE.

THE CHURCH SITS IN THE HEART

OF BOSNIA'S CITY, SARAJEVO.

ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAY MORNING

YOU'LL FIND THEM WORSHIPPING

UNDER ONE ROOF.

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DURING A RECENT SERVICE, THAT

UNITY WAS ON DRAMATIC DISPLAY

WHEN A MUSLIM CONVERT TO

CHRISTIANITY AND A COUPLE FROM

SURB AND CROATE BACKGROUNDS

DECLARED THEIR LOVE FOR JESUS

CHRIST.

WE ARE FROM DIFFERENT

BACKGROUNDS, IT IS GOD WHO

REUNITED US.

TODAY I HAVE FOUND WHAT IT MEANS

TO BE HAPPY.

UNITY IS WHAT THIS COUNTRY

NEEDS TO MOVE FORWARD, 16 YEARS

LATER, REMAINS OF THOSE KILLED

DURING THE WAR ARE STILL BEING

DISCOVERED.

AS CITIES TRY TO RECOVER, THESE

IMAGES STILL HAUNT THEM ALL

THESE YEARS LATER.

HATRED.

DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE WAR,

LESS THAN 20 EVANGELICAL

BELIEVERS.

EVERYONE ELSE FLED.

GOD STILLED POURED HIS SPIRIT ON

US.

THE CHURCH HAS GROWN

SIGNIFICANTLY SINCE THEN AND

STILL REPRESENTS A TINY PERCENT.

THIS IS A VERY SMALL NUMBER.

IT IS NOT EASY TO SHARE THE

MESSAGE OF CHRIST.

MAJORITY OF BOZ KNEEIANS,

ORTHODOX, CATHOLICS OR MUSLIM.

THE ONLY PASTOR THAT HAS AN

OFFICIAL BUILDING DESIGNATED AS

AN EVANGELICAL CHURCH.

WE GOT ROUTINE THREATS, ALL

KINDS OF GRAFFITI ON THE CHURCH

WALL.

ONE OF THOSE WHO THOUGHT

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS ARE

POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS.

THAT CHANGED WHEN THIS FORMER

DRUG ADDICT -- I SAW DIFFERENT

GROUPS, WORSHIPPING GOD.

I GAVE MY HEART TO THE LORD AND

EVENTUALLY SET FREE FROM DRUGS.

HE SAYS OVERCOMING THE WOUNDS

OF THE PAST IS DIFFICULT.

THE MAJORITY OF MUSLIMS WERE

AUTHOR WHICH YOU A TORTURED.

YOU HAVE TO SPEND A FEW

MINUTES ON THE STREETS OF BOSNIA

AND PEOPLE REMEMBER THE HORRORS

OF THE WAR.

THEY REMEMBER THE REIGN OF

TERROR THAT STRUCK EVERY CORNER

OF THIS NATION.

NOW BOSNIANS WORRY UNCHECKED

AND ETHNIC TENSIONS COULD SPARK

ANOTHER WAR.

SOMETHING CHRISTIANS HERE ARE

PRAYING WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

WE HAVE TO PRAY AND WORK HARD

THAT RECONCILIATION IS A

POWERFUL MESSAGE THAT COMES FROM

GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST AND

THEN RECONCILIATION WITH ONE

ANOTHER.

I PRAY 2ND CHRONICLES 7 OVER OUR

NATION, DENY OUR STUBBORNNESS,

RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES AND TURN

TO GOD.

THEN HE WILL HEAL US.

I WANT MY COUNTRY FILLED WITH

THE AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE OF

GOD.

I AM PRAYING BOSNIA WILL KNOW A

GOD THAT LOVES US, FORGIVES US

AND A GOD THAT SENT HIS ONLY SON

TO THE WORLD FOR OUR SINS.

THIS IS MY HOPE AND PRAYER.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA

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