Never too old to know God's love

With its crystal blue-green waters and towering cliffs, the Bay of Kotor is one of the top tourist attractions in Montenegro. With views of the Bay, but far off the tourist trail, lies one of Montenegro’s two state-run elderly care homes. The three hundred residents have a variety of reasons why they can no longer care for themselves, but all have this in common – in a culture of extended families, they have no one. A passion to bring a little joy and love to these lonely people burns in the hearts of Robbie and Angela from OM in Montenegro.

When the couple’s dear friend Ruzica* developed dementia and had to move to the home last year, Robbie and Angela started making the two hour trip north to Kotor to visit her. As Angela says, “we love visiting Ruzica, but we have fallen in love with the others there as well.” Visiting every two to three weeks, the couple also takes every opportunity to introduce OM volunteers to the care home. For instance, a British group who visited in November 2017 staged a ‘real English tea party.' The event was hugely popular with both the residents and the staff; the tea party was a real ‘first.’

In March 2018, Robbie and Angela’s colleagues Volker and Natja hosted a team of twelve from their home church in Germany. They made the journey up to the care home on a warm, sunny day, and staged a concert outside in the courtyard. The staff brought a hundred of the residents outside to listen, which was a major undertaking for them. After the group sang some songs in German, Volker played simple worship songs on his guitar, but this time singing in Serbian. Hearing their own language, many of the old people seemed to ‘wake up,’ singing along, smiling, clapping, tapping their feet – a few of them even dancing. “The home’s director came out to watch,” recalls Angela, “He was joining in too, smiling broadly!”

Although it’s a long drive, Angela and Robbie hope to visit every week in the future. An exciting development is the recent addition to the team of Santa from Norway, a trained nurse and former activities coordinator in elderly care homes, who shares Robbie and Angela’s vision. “The Bible tells us to care for the poor and the widows,” concludes Robbie. “We know that for these people, they are in their final days of making a decision for Christ and we want to give them this opportunity.”

Thank God for open doors and pray for Jesus’ love to touch many lives, as the OMers act as His hands and feet amongst these isolated elderly people.

*name changed

Share this Resource

Leave a Reply

You might also like:

Team Members Montenegro    Go & Live    As soon as possibleSince our beginnings, we have been driven by a deep conviction that everyone should have the opportunity to hear the gospel at least once. Sadly, there are still thousands of peoples and communities that have never heard about Jesus, ever. Do you share our passion for these people to hear of His fame and renown? Come. Join one of our teams and be amazed at how God is working in lives and communities around the world, and be amazed at how He works in your life, as well. We are looking for you, and many more like you, to join us on this journey to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers established among the least reached all over the world.
Full Details
Sports Ministry Montenegro    Go & Live    As soon as possibleSports fields of all kinds are at the centre of every community around the world, filled with people competing and sharing life together. We believe every sports field can become a harvest field for discipleship and generate hope for families and communities through the transforming love of Jesus Christ. We want to see athletes and coaches, local churches and communities make the most of sports through sharing Christ in relational and relevant ways, such as hosting community sports activities, engaging in sports leagues, training coaches and athletes in applying biblical principles to sports, and much more.
If you have a passion for sports and a passion to bring the gospel to those who have never heard before, come find your fit with OM.

Full Details
English Teacher Montenegro    Go & Live    As soon as possibleMany ministries in OM are looking for qualified ESL/TESOL English teachers to work toward the purpose of seeing vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached. Some of these teaching opportunities involve building relationships with a particular people group, while others involve equipping missions workers for future ministry. If you are a self-motivated teacher who enjoys a new challenge and wants to work toward the purpose of reaching those who have never heard the gospel before, consider using your skills with OM. Participation in local ministry and team life may also be aspects of your role.
Full Details