God Among the Roma
While visiting one home, Šerif asked Đeno to pray for the host. Đeno pleaded, "No, please, brother, I am not ready."
Darda villagers began to pay attention to Christian outreach when one woman, who had been bedridden for four years, was miraculously restored to full health. This woman and her family immediately became Christians, and she and her husband were the first from the village to be baptized.
But after two years of discipling people, Đeno and Biljana became discouraged. Not much seemed to be happening. Then in the fall of 2012, Đeno was in the garden studying his Bible when he felt God reaffirm his call to Darda. "This woke up some kind of joy in me to finally begin the church," he says.
Now that the church in Darda is up and running, Biljana and Đeno already see potential "coworkers" in it, and they are amazed at the new believers who are visiting families on their own, despite the daily challenges that emerge from a church of new believers.
"God used everything we went through in this life," says Biljana. "Now I can understand my people and what they are going through. I can comfort abused women, girls who feel rejected and unaccepted, and orphans. If [this] was God's will—for the glory of his name, I am grateful."
Melody Wachsmuth, based in Croatia, blogs at balkanvoices.wordpress.com