More International Family Retreats – Serbian Style

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 11, 2013
  • Joni's Posts, International

Wheelchair user having fun at International Family Retreat SerbiaDancing at International Family Retreat SerbiaWoman holding Joni book in Serbian

Zdravo from Serbia! Can you believe it? Family Retreats in Serbia?! Yes, and we were able to give the standard Family Retreat program a real Balkan twist! Don and Cindy Prince of Joni and Friends West Michigan helped provide leadership and give the Gospel to these families of special-needs children. A wonderfully enthusiastic group of volunteers (STMs) from the US helped energize everyone with games and super-fun activities – one of the STMs is Amy, our Cause 4 Life intern; she specializes in communications/autism and was able to provide helpful autism 'education' to Serbian moms and dads. Barriers came crumbling down as parents received one-on-one consultation – and most had never heard that their child could be a "blessing from God." Tears flowed freely and in hearts were wide-opened to the Spirit of Jesus. So thank you, friend, for your gifts and prayers that make ministry like this possible!

Making friends at family retreatWomen at International Family Retreat Serbia


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Being a part of the JAF International Family Retreat in Serbia the first 3 years was always a highlight of my year. I loved being able to love on the families, in Jesus name, being his hands and feet! The families in Serbia so desperately need support, encouragement, and most of all - Jesus! Thank you for the opportunity to serve...looking forward to hopefully serving again next year.
  • July 15, 2013
  • 10:58 p.m.
  • Jennifer Tunguz
With fond memories of Serbia from shortly after the war ended there, I am mindful that we as Christians do not often think about one of the big causes (if not the biggest) of handicaps. Charles Spurgeon helps us think from the perspective of Scripture.
  • July 14, 2013
  • 1:42 p.m.
  • Michael Snow
I'm so glad these parents have seen the value of their children through God's Word via JAF. How exciting!!!
  • July 11, 2013
  • 9:50 p.m.
  • Leslie.n