During the early 1990s, Bosnia & Herzegovina saw lots of armed conflict as part of the breakup of Yugoslavia. Even today, as you walk through Konjic, the buildings are peppered with marks from bullets and explosives. If you go for a hike on the mountains around the town, you might even stumble into an area with warnings about the mines still left in the ground.
During the conflict, neighbours turned on neighbours, friends struggled against friends and family fought family. Underlying the fighting was a lot of religious tension. Different nationality groups within Bosnia identify heavily with religion; with Serbs being Orthodox, Croats being Catholic, and Bosnians being Muslims. The few who identified with another faith group would be looked on almost as a traitor. The struggles of the 1990s were only the most recent in a long cycle of violence.
It is difficult to forget something so tragic and horrifying, especially when it happened so recently. As such, under the surface in Bosnia & Herzegovina, you'll find religious hostility, suspicion and extremism. Bosnian Muslims are possibly the least evangelised people in Europe.
Christchurch Redbourn is partnered with a church in the town of Konjic, called Baptisticka Crkva Konjic. Below, you will find links to their Facebook page and their recent Youtube channel!
As well as supporting their work financially, CCR is committed to furthering our relationship with the church in Konjic in other ways as well, regularly praying for them, and increasing our correspondence with them. We also share news and encouragement with each other as we both look to spread the good news of Christ through Konjic and Redbourn.