Todd and Karen Dinius

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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An update from the Dinius family on their work in Bosnia Herzegovina, May 2018

Greetings from Sarajevo!

Ministry Update

Thank you for praying for our children’s ministry at our local church in Ilidža! God has been doing wonderful things! We served 30 children in our week-long VBS in early January, and then started a Kids’ Club with the same children which has met every other week for the past 3 months. Ten of the children who are regularly attending are from the Romi people group (gypsy) and do not have any prior knowledge about the Bible. They have been eager to participate and learn about the Lord! Please keep praying for God’s work in their lives and for them to come into a relationship with Jesus.

Karen recently attended the Reaching Europe’s Children conference with three Bosnian women who are engaged in children’s ministry in the local church and community. It was a jam-packed week of resources and new ideas on how to best reach children and youth. Please pray for God to lead us with His vision and direction as we seek to share the gospel with children and their families.

Since the war started in Syria 7 years ago, refugees have been passing through the Balkans in their quest to reach Western Europe. Until recently Bosnia has been unaffected by this situation. Yet now that routes through Serbia and Croatia have been closed down, this spring thousands of refugees have been coming through Bosnia. Many are getting stuck here as the borders north and west are closed to them. The situation has become critical as the Bosnian government has little resources to help them. We have begun to partner with local churches and other mission agencies to help supply critical short-term needs, as well as to provide for more long-term solutions. In the process we met 3 families who fled their country due to religious persecution of their new faith in Jesus. They have been attending our church and are seeking asylum. Please pray for God's direction and provision for them as they've left everything behind in order to freely worship and follow Him.

Family Update

9 years ago we were commissioned by the Christian & Missionary Alliance to serve as international workers to Bosnia Herzegovina. It has been quite a journey! Though there have been many challenges and frustrations, our calling remains clear as we see God's heart and burden for the people of this country. As we conclude our second 4-year term of service here, we are preparing for a one-year home assignment in the US. We will be leaving Bosnia on June 23rd. We are sad to leave our friends here and our second “home”, but we are also looking forward to a year with family and friends. We will spend part of the summer in Pennsylvania with Karen’s family, and then will be moving to West Lafayette, IN for the school year. Todd will be traveling to several churches throughout the year to share about our work here in Bosnia.

This spring, Karen completed level one course training with the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD) to help children with learning struggles. She will continue with this training for the next two years to become a licensed educational therapist. Karen’s hope is to use this training and experience to serve children with learning struggles in Sarajevo upon our return from home assignment.

Bethany is determined to learn how to make Bosnian pita from scratch so that we can continue to eat it while we are back in the US! It is one of our favorite foods here. Our friend and Bosnian grandma “baka” to our children has been working hard to teach her. Joshua’s enthusiasm for cars continues to grow. During a winter break from school we visited a car museum in Zagreb, Croatia. He absolutely loved it! Kaitlyn turned 7 this April and enjoyed celebrating with her friends at the local zoo.

We look forward to seeing many of you this next year while we are in the US. If you or your church are not in the Indiana area, and you would like to hear directly about our ministry, please contact us and we will try to arrange a time to come visit. Thank you all for your faithful prayers and partnership!

Financial Support

If you would like to partner with us financially, please consider a gift to our support fund. This fund covers the bulk of our living and ministry expenses, including apartment rent, salary, and regular ministry expenses. Your gifts here are part of the larger Great Commission Fund which supports Alliance international workers all around the world. You can give online here using the button on the right side of this page. Thank you!

Refugee Relief

In partnership with local churches and other mission agencies our team is providing relief efforts to refugees who are stuck in Bosnia as they seek a way to move on to Western Europe. If you would like to assist with these relief efforts, you can give via our work funds online here.

Todd, Karen, Bethany, Joshua & Kaitlyn Dinius

tkdinius@gmail.com or karen.dinius@gmail.com / find us on skype and facebook

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

* Please pray for the children who are participating in the Kids’ Club in our local church. Pray for them to have a true understanding of who Jesus is and to begin a relationship with Him.

* Please pray for further ministry to children here through the churches and summer camp programs.

* Please pray for the hundreds of refugees living in Sarajevo. Pray for the Christian community to know how to best serve their needs - physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

* Please pray for the interns and teams who will be serving our team in Bosnia this summer. Pray for a good adjustment for them and for them to fully engage with the people here in a significant way.

* Please pray for our family as we transition back to the US for home assignment. Please pray for our children to adjust to their new school and make friends.

* Please pray for safe travels and great connections for Todd as he visits and speaks to churches.

Via Facebook we have created a private group as a means to send out more frequent prayer requests to a team of people committed to praying for us purposefully and regularly. If you feel led to join this team, then please send either Karen or Todd a friend request and message on Facebook.

Bosnia

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Updated: May 30, 2018

Children's Names
Bethany
Joshua
Kaitlyn
Status
Home Assignment
Country of Service
Bosnia

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