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November 22, 2008


Yesterday’s news but tomorrow…? The secret of hope for the Balkans

by quaesitor


This picture may not look like anything particularly out of the ordinary. It could be a scene from countless pastoral conferences around the world. But this moment last night, the closing night of this year’s Croatian Langham conference, was a very special one. For the 3 men praying at the front are Christian leaders from Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia (from l to r). They had been asked to lead our prayers for each others’ countries. It was a wonderful note on which to close our time together.

Our hosts, the Magdas, presented me with a super pair of gifts at the end – a painting by one of the pastors present, and this curious clay ornament.


It is an imitation of a very famous Stone Age ceramic discovered near Vukovar in 1938. It is called the Vučedol Dove and has since taken on greater significance as a symbol of peace for this profoundly troubled but historic region, steeped as it is in ancient, sophisticated cultures. It will be a great stimulus to pray for peace in the Balkans and the growth of the reconciling power of the gospel.


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