- 5 Countries: Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina and Montenegro
- 4 Monetary Systems
- 3 MAJOR Languages: Bosnian, Croatian and Montenegrin (Lots of others - a package purchased in the grocery store can have directions in 23 languages!!!)
- 2 Alphabets: Cyrillic and Latin (which is what English uses)
- 1 Mission
The implications are amazing: All these countries have been part of other countries, and warred against each other. If a missionary is called to one of those countries, he/she cannot be "transferred" out of that country, even if he/she could speak the language, because of Passport/Visa issues. Paying the mission bills in so many different currencies would be tricky!
There are 1313 members of record in the mission, but only 371 active; members are spread out, poverty is endemic, baptism can result in being treated as a traitor by one's family. (One interesting point: Because of all the wars which created so many orphans and/or fires that destroyed records, some people have NO ID, which means they can't get a job!)
These challenges are so different from ours, but we know the Work will go forward when and how it's supposed to!
|We didn't have any pictures from this week, so we took|
a Selfie; very hard not to get the giggles when doing that!