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