We went for the weekend for a conference for all the "church plants" at the "Mother Church" of our little Fellowship here in Banja Luka. Novi Sad is about 4 1/2 hours drive away in the Northern part of Serbia about 50kms from Belgrade.
The Christian Fellowship Church in Novi Sad:Me, Olja, Sinisa and Ljilja at the picnic we had on the Saturday. It was nice to hang out with people from the different churches and be in nature! Ljilja and I snuck away for a couple of hours so I could see the city as I didn't know if I would get another chance...Here I am in the centre of Novi Sad:
In the afternoon they took a group of us to the Tvrdjava (which means "fortress") which is pretty amazing. It was built during Austro-Hungarian times as a defense on the Danube against the Turks. It is the second largest fortress in Europe!
We all stayed for the weekend with different people in the Fellowship. Lea, Ljilja and I all stayed with the Ivanovic's, Tanja and Miki, and we had a great time. They really looked after us well!!
The speaker for the conference was Gary Cox from the UK. He was really challenging!!
A highlight for me was on the Saturday when the leaders of the different churches shared how it all began and gave testimonies and shared how God called them to the different places. In the below photo: Standing at left are Vera and Danijel - the founders/pastors of the Christian Fellowhip Church - Novi Sad. On the extreme right are Greg (from the US) and Jelena who work in Sombor (about 100KM from Novi Sad), then Sinisa and Olja, then the couple who work in Temerina (about 40KM from Novi Sad) and lastly Vesna and Neso (who were in Banja Luka way back in the beginning!) who are now planting a church in another part of Novi Sad.
It was a great weekend - lots of fun, good teaching, hanging out, sight-seeing, but I must admit that it is good to be home again!