YWAM Serbia: Team leaders Chris & Mirjam Klop from the Netherlands,
their daughter Nadia (2), Andrew from the US and myself.
Chris and Mirjam has already spent about 5 years in Serbia and before that they worked with YWAM in Romania, so they are veterans… They have the most adorable 2 year old in the whole world! Nadia very quickly became my best friend and I just love to make her laugh – priceless! She has that perky look in her eyes and I never knew that a 2 year old could have such a wonderful sense of humor but she definitely does!
Mirjam, besides being a mom, is also a teacher and running a program for disabled people at the Cultural Center in the city, teaching them English. Chris and Mirjam leads the local team here but are also coordinators for YWAM Central Europe and the DTS programs. Mirjam is one of those people who just spreads joy wherever she is. She always has a smile and a good story and no matter how you felt before, there’s just no way you’re not smiling from deep down in your heart after you’ve been around her.
Chris is a solid man of God. He has no other agenda than to follow God wherever He leads and to do everything in his power to fulfill God’s will. He is a man of prayer and leads by example and I have come to respect him a lot. I’ve also come to know that we have somewhat similar humor, which is something I thoroughly enjoy!
Andrew grew up in Texas and faithfully wears his cowboy boots! He’s been staffing with YWAM Serbia for the past 2 years and is currently eagerly awaiting his own wedding, coming up in August. Andrew has walked the streets of Užice a lot longer than I have, so I try to lurk every bit of useful information out of him and learn from his experiences in addition to making my own. He has connections all over the city and knows all the good places to get free wi-fi…
Several evenings weekly we do cafe ministry. It’s a local outreach where we meet up with people that we know or don’t know, contacts we have made during the week or just random people that drop in… Every Wednesday night we have English Club at one of the cafes in town and invite anyone that is interested to come and share conversations in English. Mostly young people come, happy to have a place to practice what they are learning in school, and it doesn’t take a long time before they ask why we are here and from there on the way is open and paved to share the Gospel.
For me, Serbia is now the 7th country that I have lived in. Only God knows if that list will grow or if this is my final destination. For now the plan is to work with YWAM here at least for the next 2 years. So I have unpacked my suitcase, written my Serbian phone number with ink in my planner and started taking Serbian lessons. This is home now.
I love this team. I love being in Serbia.
YWAM Užice, Serbia
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