In Serbia, evangelical Christians represent less than 0.1% of the population and churches are often small, insular and divided. There is a great need for practical training and resources to equip church members and leaders.
Project Timothy meets this need by providing resources and training for Serbian churches. As well as training new church leaders for preaching, evangelism and discipleship, Project Timothy translates and publishes materials that will enable many more to be trained. Many of the new church plants that are being established are in isolated, lonely regions of Serbia where there are often no other evangelical Christians. Project Timothy helps these churches by providing tools, courses and training programmes.
Project Timothy was set up by Crosslinks mission partners but it is now led by local Riste Micev. He is assisted by Matej Delac, who heads up the project’s translation work. Teodora Micev (Riste’s wife) also works for PT, helping Matej with the translation work and discipling women
Dear partners in the Gospel,
I am beginning this letter with the words that one of my friends said at a recent TNT (Training National Trainers) event, when he was preaching on 1 Samuel. He said, ‘Infertility is God’s arena for a life bringing activity.’
Living in Serbia means that, on a daily basis, we witness an atmosphere of hopelessness because of the poor economy and poor government. Official statistics say that in one year about 35,000 people leave Serbia in search for a better life, but a more realistic estimate is that the number is much higher - about 60,000. Many of them are Christian leaders and pastors who are leaving their country never to come back. Many times, Gospel work seems fruitless and hopeless. The majority of people claim to be Eastern Orthodox or Roman Catholic and, although they hold tightly onto their religion, it seems to have no real impact onto their lives. This arena of infertility and hopelessness is where we live and labour and, sadly, it seems that our country is not alone in this experience. When we are discouraged by these circumstances, we need to remember that this is not our arena, but God’s, and that he is the one who will bring life out of it, for his glory.
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