Last night was Stan’s last preach and now he and the family have flown off to America leaving me with the pastoral and teaching responsibility in the church. Stan preached from Acts and loosely compared Paul’s emotional departure from the church in Ephesus with how our departure might look in three months time! I feel very at home already and have enjoyed spending time with some of the church members already. Our first task will be to get around visiting and encouraging everyone. We want to have fun and get to know people, pray with people and learn from the Bible with people – all things that Paul did with the Ephesians. I am sure that would be a recipe for a good foundation in church leadership.
Yesterday morning I took advantage of the extra hours sleep to get up at 6am and take a walk from Rada’s folks’ to look over the town. A couple of the pictures are below but I’m not sure how well they’ll come out of the blog. Despite Niksic being an industrial town it is still beautiful with incredible character and the people are warm and welcoming. It has a lot of problems though and needs a lot of investment and empowering.