We are back in Belgrade. We spent 2 weeks visiting family in Mustapic, a village about 1 1/2 hours south east of Belgrade. Internet connection was very difficult, so I haven't had the opportunity to post. I must admit that I did enjoy being "free" of technology for two weeks. Village living is all about relationships ... and working hard. Take a look at this picture below. 87 yr old Baba Katica walking her sheep home - a good 40 minute trek. Normal stuff in the village!
Exit Concert in Novi Sad begins today. The festival began in 2000 as a student protest against the Milošević regime. During its 13 years of existence, it has developed into one of the best European music festivals, but also as an organization with a powerful social platform. Exit has been visited by over two million people in more than 60 countries worldwide. CNN, The New York Times, and many others have on numerous occasions proclaimed EXIT amongst the top 10 world festival destinations.
We were so blessed to spend yesterday afternoon with Pastor Erman from the Evangelical Gypsy Church of Serbia and the gypsy children. Pastor Irman works with the Roma community here in Serbia. There are 200,000 Roma who live in Belgrade, 20,000 of them are living in extreme poverty.
We have spent the past two days with my good friend Samuil Petrovsky and his beautiful wife Nada and daughter Lara. Samuil is the director of EUS (Evangelical University Students) Serbia . Samuil is an amazing man of God with unstoppable energy and a serious love for the youth of Serbia. He has kept us busy from the second we landed . Here are a couple of pictures from our first day.