Country Profile: Serbia


The story of Serbia could well be summed up in three words…on the brink. Poised between Western Europe and Asia, Serbia sits upon a fragile political, religious, and cultural fault line. A surface look at history shows how Serbia has been a powerhouse, a powder keg, and sometimes a pawn. A deeper look reveals how centuries of wars and occupations have created the unrest and tension of today…and we must not forget the ghosts of the past.

Despite its failures, the echoes of communism are still heard in the corridors of power and in the minds of many citizens. Despite its almost non-existent spiritual significance the orthodox church maintains a sway over many aspects of the Serbian culture.

Fortunately the past is not the foundation upon which we will build.

NLI History in Serbia:

NLI’s involvement in Serbia has roots dating back to a Church Plant Project which ran from 2002-2004 in the area near Leskovac. A very successful Leadership Development program, run between 2004-2006, brought new and emerging leaders from the north and south of Serbia. Today the NLI Network is building on the strength of these long-time relationships and introducing transformational opportunities like the Propel Project, while also seeking opportunities to help develop new leaders and plant new churches. The first two target areas are Novi Sad in the north and Kraljevo in the south, with plans to also begin work in and around the capitol city of Belgrade.

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All Projects in Serbia


Every Picture Tells a Story

Posted on: 04-29-2015
      True. Every picture tells a story, but how often do we stop to listen? I have been so guilty of capturing just bits of stories, moments in time, just like capturing fireflies when I was a kid. Then one day something h...
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Ordinary Love

Posted on: 09-23-2014
Ordinary has gotten a bad rap. Sure it means; common, standard, the usual, the expected. Somehow, in today’s language calling something ordinary is almost derogatory. In this day and age of over-used, misused, and over-hyped adjectives, ordinary ...
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Saturday in the Park

Posted on: 05-29-2014
After being rained out last weekend, the "Love Your City" crew regrouped and set out to show Novi Sad what happens when the church works together for the community. Over sixty five volunteers representing seven different churches spent hours clea...
Read More...

City of Love

Posted on: 05-12-2014
It started as a conversation over pizza (at this great place in Novi Sad. Their hot peppers will put tears in your eyes and hair back on your head.) The question on the table (along with the aforementioned pepperoni pizza) "How can our church become ...
Read More...

Nowhere Man

Posted on: 05-06-2014
Great update from a church getting a team together to come to Serbia this year… For some time I have had this overwhelming feeling there was one more guy, a guy who was too proud to step forward because he lacked the finance, a guy who did not b...
Read More...

Love Rescue Me

Posted on: 04-20-2014
My name is Jelena. My father died when I was 15 years old. My mother threw me out of the house.  With nowhere to go and in need of money, I turned to prostitution. Over the course of the past 15 years I have been a throw-away. Unloved, used, a...
Read More...

Into the Great Wide Open

Posted on: 03-12-2014
Everyone likes good news. Right? Well get ready for a couple of doses of heavy-duty joy and celebration. Oh, but where to begin??? Provide, the food parcel deliver initiative, grew from the church's ability to supply two parcels a month up to twen...
Read More...

Brand New Day

Posted on: 11-27-2013
Sounds wonderful, does it not? A new day, full of potential, promise, and possibilities. We all love new things. But unlike an automobile or the latest electronic gadget, such days cannot be bought, yet they can be given. This is now a mission, a pas...
Read More...

The Letter

Posted on: 08-05-2013
It is an experience never to be forgotten. Sitting in a one room apartment and hearing a mother read a suicide note written by her nine year old daughter. The flood of thoughts and emotions overwhelmed the mind, spirit, and heart. My granddaughter is...
Read More...

What if we could?

Posted on: 06-25-2013
What if we could? Now there’s a powerful question. No, more than merely powerful, it is quite dangerous as well. Do you know how many daring adventures, world-changing inventions, and life altering decisions have started with those four simple word...
Read More...

Out of Control

Posted on: 03-03-2013
A text message arrives from Serbia asking me to sign on to Skype right away. As soon as the program is running and sign-on/password stuff is completed, the phone rings. Thus begins an amazing call with Nesa, our church partner in Novi Sad. “It is ...
Read More...

Handle With Care

Posted on: 12-14-2012
Novi Sad, Serbia Where to start? How to describe the sights, sounds, and feelings without sounding like one of those TV adverts plucking at your heartstrings to get to your wallet? You would think after 48 months of writing these updates it would be...
Read More...


All Projects in Serbia


Every Picture Tells a Story

Posted on: 04-29-2015
      True. Every picture tells a story, but how often do we stop to listen? I have been so guilty of capturing just bits of stories, moments in time, just like capturing fireflies when I was a kid. Then one day something h...
Read More...

Ordinary Love

Posted on: 09-23-2014
Ordinary has gotten a bad rap. Sure it means; common, standard, the usual, the expected. Somehow, in today’s language calling something ordinary is almost derogatory. In this day and age of over-used, misused, and over-hyped adjectives, ordinary ...
Read More...

Saturday in the Park

Posted on: 05-29-2014
After being rained out last weekend, the "Love Your City" crew regrouped and set out to show Novi Sad what happens when the church works together for the community. Over sixty five volunteers representing seven different churches spent hours clea...
Read More...

City of Love

Posted on: 05-12-2014
It started as a conversation over pizza (at this great place in Novi Sad. Their hot peppers will put tears in your eyes and hair back on your head.) The question on the table (along with the aforementioned pepperoni pizza) "How can our church become ...
Read More...

Nowhere Man

Posted on: 05-06-2014
Great update from a church getting a team together to come to Serbia this year… For some time I have had this overwhelming feeling there was one more guy, a guy who was too proud to step forward because he lacked the finance, a guy who did not b...
Read More...

Love Rescue Me

Posted on: 04-20-2014
My name is Jelena. My father died when I was 15 years old. My mother threw me out of the house.  With nowhere to go and in need of money, I turned to prostitution. Over the course of the past 15 years I have been a throw-away. Unloved, used, a...
Read More...

Into the Great Wide Open

Posted on: 03-12-2014
Everyone likes good news. Right? Well get ready for a couple of doses of heavy-duty joy and celebration. Oh, but where to begin??? Provide, the food parcel deliver initiative, grew from the church's ability to supply two parcels a month up to twen...
Read More...

Brand New Day

Posted on: 11-27-2013
Sounds wonderful, does it not? A new day, full of potential, promise, and possibilities. We all love new things. But unlike an automobile or the latest electronic gadget, such days cannot be bought, yet they can be given. This is now a mission, a pas...
Read More...

The Letter

Posted on: 08-05-2013
It is an experience never to be forgotten. Sitting in a one room apartment and hearing a mother read a suicide note written by her nine year old daughter. The flood of thoughts and emotions overwhelmed the mind, spirit, and heart. My granddaughter is...
Read More...

What if we could?

Posted on: 06-25-2013
What if we could? Now there’s a powerful question. No, more than merely powerful, it is quite dangerous as well. Do you know how many daring adventures, world-changing inventions, and life altering decisions have started with those four simple word...
Read More...

Out of Control

Posted on: 03-03-2013
A text message arrives from Serbia asking me to sign on to Skype right away. As soon as the program is running and sign-on/password stuff is completed, the phone rings. Thus begins an amazing call with Nesa, our church partner in Novi Sad. “It is ...
Read More...

Handle With Care

Posted on: 12-14-2012
Novi Sad, Serbia Where to start? How to describe the sights, sounds, and feelings without sounding like one of those TV adverts plucking at your heartstrings to get to your wallet? You would think after 48 months of writing these updates it would be...
Read More...


Current Projects in Serbia


Saturday in the Park

Posted on: 05-29-2014
After being rained out last weekend, the "Love Your City" crew regrouped and set out to show Novi Sad what happens when the church works together for the community. Over sixty five volunteers representing seven different churches spent hours clea...
Read More...

City of Love

Posted on: 05-12-2014
It started as a conversation over pizza (at this great place in Novi Sad. Their hot peppers will put tears in your eyes and hair back on your head.) The question on the table (along with the aforementioned pepperoni pizza) "How can our church become ...
Read More...

Nowhere Man

Posted on: 05-06-2014
Great update from a church getting a team together to come to Serbia this year… For some time I have had this overwhelming feeling there was one more guy, a guy who was too proud to step forward because he lacked the finance, a guy who did not b...
Read More...

Love Rescue Me

Posted on: 04-20-2014
My name is Jelena. My father died when I was 15 years old. My mother threw me out of the house.  With nowhere to go and in need of money, I turned to prostitution. Over the course of the past 15 years I have been a throw-away. Unloved, used, a...
Read More...

Into the Great Wide Open

Posted on: 03-12-2014
Everyone likes good news. Right? Well get ready for a couple of doses of heavy-duty joy and celebration. Oh, but where to begin??? Provide, the food parcel deliver initiative, grew from the church's ability to supply two parcels a month up to twen...
Read More...

Brand New Day

Posted on: 11-27-2013
Sounds wonderful, does it not? A new day, full of potential, promise, and possibilities. We all love new things. But unlike an automobile or the latest electronic gadget, such days cannot be bought, yet they can be given. This is now a mission, a pas...
Read More...

What if we could?

Posted on: 06-25-2013
What if we could? Now there’s a powerful question. No, more than merely powerful, it is quite dangerous as well. Do you know how many daring adventures, world-changing inventions, and life altering decisions have started with those four simple word...
Read More...

Out of Control

Posted on: 03-03-2013
A text message arrives from Serbia asking me to sign on to Skype right away. As soon as the program is running and sign-on/password stuff is completed, the phone rings. Thus begins an amazing call with Nesa, our church partner in Novi Sad. “It is ...
Read More...

Handle With Care

Posted on: 12-14-2012
Novi Sad, Serbia Where to start? How to describe the sights, sounds, and feelings without sounding like one of those TV adverts plucking at your heartstrings to get to your wallet? You would think after 48 months of writing these updates it would be...
Read More...



Community Transformation Projects in Serbia


Saturday in the Park

Posted on: 05-29-2014
After being rained out last weekend, the "Love Your City" crew regrouped and set out to show Novi Sad what happens when the church works together for the community. Over sixty five volunteers representing seven different churches spent hours clea...
Read More...

City of Love

Posted on: 05-12-2014
It started as a conversation over pizza (at this great place in Novi Sad. Their hot peppers will put tears in your eyes and hair back on your head.) The question on the table (along with the aforementioned pepperoni pizza) "How can our church become ...
Read More...

Nowhere Man

Posted on: 05-06-2014
Great update from a church getting a team together to come to Serbia this year… For some time I have had this overwhelming feeling there was one more guy, a guy who was too proud to step forward because he lacked the finance, a guy who did not b...
Read More...

Love Rescue Me

Posted on: 04-20-2014
My name is Jelena. My father died when I was 15 years old. My mother threw me out of the house.  With nowhere to go and in need of money, I turned to prostitution. Over the course of the past 15 years I have been a throw-away. Unloved, used, a...
Read More...

Into the Great Wide Open

Posted on: 03-12-2014
Everyone likes good news. Right? Well get ready for a couple of doses of heavy-duty joy and celebration. Oh, but where to begin??? Provide, the food parcel deliver initiative, grew from the church's ability to supply two parcels a month up to twen...
Read More...

What if we could?

Posted on: 06-25-2013
What if we could? Now there’s a powerful question. No, more than merely powerful, it is quite dangerous as well. Do you know how many daring adventures, world-changing inventions, and life altering decisions have started with those four simple word...
Read More...

Handle With Care

Posted on: 12-14-2012
Novi Sad, Serbia Where to start? How to describe the sights, sounds, and feelings without sounding like one of those TV adverts plucking at your heartstrings to get to your wallet? You would think after 48 months of writing these updates it would be...
Read More...


Church Planting Projects in Serbia


Into the Great Wide Open

Posted on: 03-12-2014
Everyone likes good news. Right? Well get ready for a couple of doses of heavy-duty joy and celebration. Oh, but where to begin??? Provide, the food parcel deliver initiative, grew from the church's ability to supply two parcels a month up to twen...
Read More...

What if we could?

Posted on: 06-25-2013
What if we could? Now there’s a powerful question. No, more than merely powerful, it is quite dangerous as well. Do you know how many daring adventures, world-changing inventions, and life altering decisions have started with those four simple word...
Read More...

Out of Control

Posted on: 03-03-2013
A text message arrives from Serbia asking me to sign on to Skype right away. As soon as the program is running and sign-on/password stuff is completed, the phone rings. Thus begins an amazing call with Nesa, our church partner in Novi Sad. “It is ...
Read More...


Leadership Development Projects in Serbia


Into the Great Wide Open

Posted on: 03-12-2014
Everyone likes good news. Right? Well get ready for a couple of doses of heavy-duty joy and celebration. Oh, but where to begin??? Provide, the food parcel deliver initiative, grew from the church's ability to supply two parcels a month up to twen...
Read More...


Short Term Missions Projects in Serbia


Nowhere Man

Posted on: 05-06-2014
Great update from a church getting a team together to come to Serbia this year… For some time I have had this overwhelming feeling there was one more guy, a guy who was too proud to step forward because he lacked the finance, a guy who did not b...
Read More...

Into the Great Wide Open

Posted on: 03-12-2014
Everyone likes good news. Right? Well get ready for a couple of doses of heavy-duty joy and celebration. Oh, but where to begin??? Provide, the food parcel deliver initiative, grew from the church's ability to supply two parcels a month up to twen...
Read More...