Post-war Croatia, Eastern Europe
Although we do minister to people’s needs with material goods, we believe our primary purpose is to help others spiritually. We’re surrounded by a materialistic world where the more important values of Love for God & Love for One Another are often neglected. Consequently many people experience a very lonely, sad life & are very much in need of encouragement & hope for their future.
The capital city, which was not as heavily affected during the war as other cities, is now prosperous & the people aspire to many things for their lives in their new-found freedom. They are still healing from the war & there were many orphans because of the war.
Most Croatian people are very sweet, friendly, helpful, & giving regardless of their ethnic or religious background. Our neighbors & friends surely demonstrated this quality. Most Croatian people are very sweet, friendly, helpful, & giving regardless of their ethnic or religious background. Our neighbors & friends surely demonstrated this quality.
Ravaged by war & a formerly rich agricultural area. It’s not just rebuilding houses & businesses, it’s a total rebuilding of their devastated lives & homes.
We brought Humanitarian Aid to assist the needy. Through Father Slatko & the Caritas charitable work these items were directed to the right people.
Brisa & Debbie shared the inspired songs, “On the Wings of a Snow White Dove” & “The Prayer of Saint Francis.” This church’s symbol is a White Dove & they’re Franciscans. Their response was spontaneous applause, something that had never happened before.
In the aftermath of such a terrible war for their freedom, the people of Croatia needed someone who would give them encouragement, a listening ear & an understanding heart, not just material aid. This certainly was true with the persons we met who had fought in this war. It was such a traumatic experience & they now needed to rebuild their lives.
Here is the famous ‘water tower’ where the Croatians flew their flag during the war. The Serbs would shoot it down & the Croats would put it right back up. (Ivo, pic below, was one of them) Vukovar was bombed daily by artillery & tanks, which resulted in many casualties & deaths. Basically every structure was damaged or destroyed & most Croatians had to flee for their lives.
Poreč & Omiš
Poreč & Omiš are two coastal towns of many we visited. At a kids summer day camp in Poreč we did a clown show. They loved it & a local paper wrote up an article about us.
Despite Croatia being such a beautiful country with gorgeous beaches & wonderful people there is a dire problem of drug use among the youth, especially the coastal region. The Croatian coast, one of the most beauteous, having thousands of islands in the Adriatic Sea, is a very popular tourist attraction among eastern & western Europeans.