Signs of Healing in multi-ethnic Bosnia Herzegovina.
SARAJEVO, MARCH 12 - Sarajevo will erect a monument for Serbians who were killed by government troops during the siege on the city in the conflict that raged in the '90s. The monument will be dedicated to Serbs who were killed in 1992-93 by members of the 10th brigade of government forces, commanded by Musan Topalovic, alias 'Caco', a Bosnian Muslim who was killed by the Bosnian army in 1993.
If you know much about Bosnia you know there is three ethnic groups; Muslim Bosniaks, Croatian Bosniaks and Serbs. Neither has a majority so friction is everywhere. So the above article is encouraging.
A Video about Bosnia Herzegovina - http://www.euronews.com/2012/03/01/bosnia-20-bitter-years/
1) As Bosnians acknowledge the past, may they look to a future of coexistence. Let us pray that the erecting of this monument will have a positive effect and not negative.
2) Lord, we thank You that the Gospel is all about breaking down walls. In Ephesians 2:14-16 (NKJV) “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”
3) May the Lord be lifted up before the eyes of the Bosnian people. A Jesus that came off the cross and now reigns in power. May they see the true Jesus that can wipe away their fears, suspicions and guilt. May they let Him take away their hate.
4) Let us pray for unity among Christians in Bosnia. May every church door be open to any and all people groups.
5) Let us pray that a Bosnian identity will arise, not a Bosniak or Serbian culturalism that divides.
Some say the Bosniaks are confused about their past and their future.
Hasan, one of the characters in Mehmed Mesa Selimovic’s book Dervis i smrt (The Dervish and Death), says that Muslims/Bosniaks are the most complicated people, that they are stuck half-way through, baffled, not able to go anywhere, detached, embarrassed about their heritage and feeling guilty about their betrayal, that they refuse to look back and have no place to move forward to.
6) Let us first rebuke the above statements. Let us pray for hope to come to Bosnia.
7) Let us pray against backwardness, poverty and lack of education.
8) Let us pray that the Lord would raise up people of vision to challenge the status quo.
9) As we have prayed before; the government is broke and needs Christians to get involved in civil service. Lord, raise up Christians with Your anointing to bring wisdom to the Bosnian government.
10) Discipleship training in the Churches should present the whole Gospel. Let it be taught and lived out that the Gospel is to not only change people but the culture around it.
11) Maybe we should pray for evangelism since there are really few born again Christians in Bosnia.
More Positive news and answers to past Prayers.
The Agency for the Prevention of Corruption and Coordination of the Fight against Corruption has launched a website on its anti-corruption work, newswires reported March 7. The site allows people to report corruption electronically as well as local news on corruption, relevant pieces of legislation and future projects of the Agency. The website also features a Q&A section on how to fight corruption and invites visitors to give suggestions and ideas for improving the fight against this type of crime in BiH.