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June 17, 2019

Harvesters report – June 2013

We are successfully spreading the network of the Harvesters. We managed to make contact with a number of groups already existing, with a plan to help and encourage them with Bible materials and workshops for their leaders.

New Bible group began its work in the Church of St Constantine in Nis. In Kraljevo we have a group that works with oncology patients. In Southern Serbia a number of Harvesters work in the Roma community.
“E-100” is translated. The stylistic editor finished the part that refers to the NT. We believe that by the end of June this book will be ready for printing.
Recently we printed 1000 copies of a booklet, which contains annual plan for reading the Bible. As it is primarily intended for Orthodox Bible Groups in the introduction we gave an explanation of the Harvester project and we highlighted that we are realizing it with the blessing of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch.

Since the last report, we have worked on spreading the harvester’s network. As an important event in this period I would like to underline H+ workshop, which was held in Croatia. This was a unique opportunity as we had representatives of different churches from five countries in one place. Serbian representatives have had very positive feedback on this experience. Bible Society has shown that it can play an important role in building bridges between our people and Churches. In the meantime, representatives of the Evangelical Churches do translation of E100. Linguistic stylist was an Orthodox professor because we wanted the book to be adopted for Orthodox Bible groups as well. The book is now in the process of technical preparation for printing. From autumn this will be useful material for Bible study groups.

In the city of Nis where we celebrate 1700 years of the Edict of Milan, 25000 homes received a free copy of the New Testament, and almost the same number of pupils in rural schools, a number of parishes joined Harvesters project organizing Bible study groups. Diocese of Nis has become our most important partner in this project working together to achieve the Lord’s message: “Go into all the World and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15). Read more about the celebration of 1700 years of the Edict of Milan.

At the beginning of the new student year, in late September, one Bible study group will start in the Student Center in Kosovska Mitrovica in Kosovo. We have already agreed on this with the Dean of the Faculty of Philology, who welcomed the initiative of the Bible Society. From September another Bible study group will be organized in Belgrade at the Serbian Patriarchate. Target group will be primarily students and high school pupils.