Jovica and Savka Bacvanski moved from Novi Sad in Serbia, to Montenegro and its capital city of Podgorica following a call from God. Jovica had not wanted to go there, but as he began to preach in Podgorica each weekend, his heart was captured and he knew that he and Savka and their two children Jovan and Aleksander had to go.
Jovica reported: “I faced opposition from the Orthodox Church. Not directly, but they do their best to paint a picture of us, that we are a dangerous sect, so neighbours tell children not to mix with us. Children were throwing stones at my children. If you are not Orthodox, you are an enemy of the country. By distributing humanitarian aid supplied by Transform Europe Network to the very people who were persecuting us, they began to realise our church was here to help. Those one-time enemies now come to the church and today there are about 25 regular attendees and children!”
Today, we work with drug addicts with the help of ex-drug addicts who went through the rehab centre. They are in contact with the people from Montenegro who are part of the rehab centers in the countries around Montenegro. Once they complete rehab they are invited to our church. This provides practical help and fellowship for them telling them that they are not alone. If they need help or prayer, we are here for them.
Our church in Podgorica is Christ Gospel Church and we also have our branch church, led by an ordained pastor, at the coastal town of Kamenari, near Tivat with about 20 new people and it is also growing.