MARIJANA CIZMANSKI Women’s Ministry in Montenegro by Stoneworks International | Mar 18, 2020 | Montenegro From Marijana Cizmanski: Dear brothers and sisters! We are grateful to God that he gave us the opportunity to host around 130 women (approximately 80 believers and more than 50 nonbelievers), to hear about our worth as women, to hear that Christ is the one who died for us and who is the only one who gives us worth. We used International Women’s Day as a platform. We had fellowship for two hours where they could hear Christian songs and hear the message from the Bible from Maria Simonovic who got saved 23 years ago as the first child who got saved in Montenegro. We had small group discussions around tables where we shared our thoughts about the topic. The over all impression was that, for this first outreach, things went better than we expected. Believers were encouraged (we invited believers from other towns and churches; we have around 300 bornagain believers in Montenegro). Nonbelievers were exposed to the gospel and only one person left the event during Maria’s speech. Several of them expressed their thankfulness that they could be there. In next few weeks, a few of us are planning to meet with some of the ladies for coffee and to invite them to an Easter service. Thank you so much for your prayers and support!April 22, 2020 Get to know Marijana Cizmanski Marijana is a National Missionary of NAB, which means she is Serbian and that NAB churches are investing in her support so that she can devote her life to serving Christ. She has a background in Hospice care and in Social services, both of which have helped shape her love for those in great need. Marijana is leading the development of CHE ministries on behalf of NAB in Serbia. Before 1990, there were no known evangelical believers in Montenegro. In 1992, after the collapse of communism, Vladimir Cizmanski came as a missionary from Serbia to plant a church in the capital city, Podgorica. Born and raised in a Christian home in Serbia, Vladimir experienced his second birth when he was just twelve. In his teens, God put a desire in his heart to go to the mission field of neighboring Montenegro. Eleven years later, God miraculously opened the door to go to a city with just one missionary and a couple of Evangelical believers. Montenegro is considered to be the least evangelized country in Europe. In 1996, Vladimir married Marijana and together they pastor the small, but growing Podgorica Evangelical Church. God willing, they now plan to build the first evangelical church building in the country. Montenegrins are sensitive regarding the visible expressions of religious meeting places. A public, officially recognized facility is very important because it shows transparency, dedication and stability. The current need is to complete the ambitious church building project to serve as a meeting place for the church, provide facilities for the children’s ministry, create office space for mission organizations, host a mission-training center and to provide lodgings for visiting mission teams. The proposed four-story, 9,500 square foot building is currently under construction with support from architects in Slovakia and Estonia and help from Stoneworks International in San Antonio, Texas, USA. There remains a funding gap to complete the project, however Vladimir and the team continue to look to God’s provision through the generosity of His people around the world.
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