Hedwig Roos

Email: Schatzi.roos@gmail.com

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I’m so GLAD that you are visiting me on this website. Thank you for giving me this opportunity of sharing about Serbia, its people, how God called me to this mission field, what God is doing, some of my hopes and dreams, how you can pray for us and also how you can sow into this ministry.

The Ministry is a new birth, as to my knowledge there are not only VERY FEW Christians in Serbia, but also very few evangelical, charismatic ministries exist. Christians who relocate to Serbia might be excused for believing, like Elijah, that he was the only prophet serving God:

1Kings 19:14  And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

God alone knows how many true believers live in Serbia, but suffice it to say that the mission field is enormous and my prayer is for a DIVINE BREAKTHROUGH.

As can be seen from the Wikipedia graph opposite, Catholics and Protestants make up a tiny minority in Serbia and even these statistics refer to adherents and not born again believers.

According to the last census in 2002, the most numerous religious groups in Serbia (excluding territory of Kosovo) were:
Orthodox Christians - 6,371,584
Catholics - 410,976
Muslims - 239,658
Jewish - 785
Other - 530
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Serbia


I suppose in one way or another I have been serving God ever since I got saved in 1978 in South Africa.

My husband and I were members of various churches in Bloemfontein, South Africa and then in 1979 we joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM) where we spent the next 3-years. This really was our grounding in the mission field.

On returning to South Africa we started to have bible studies in our home which later evolved into a house church. This was back in the early days of the Charismatic Renewal and like so many other house churches, the house church we started began to be blessed of God as we experienced ‘The Lord adding to our number . . . . ’. It was a glorious time as it seemed like ‘we had all things in common and no one was in need . . .’

People shared what they had and gifts and produce were brought spontaneously to the fellowship so that they could be distributed to those less fortunate.
I had a vision of planting vegetables, putting up greenhouses, and feeding the poor while bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them.    

I asked my cousin about the possibility of visiting Serbia and she assisted me in procuring a visa to visit Serbia.

Once in Serbia, God provided me the means to be able to procure a property which exactly matched the vision I had had of being able to provide for the hungry.’

I have now been in Serbia for 3-years and as can be seen from some of the photos on the website, the fruit & vegetable garden is well-established.
A Brief History
My husband and I, and others of our fellowship soon found ourselves‘in the ministry’ as we sought to pastor the flock and teach them the things that God was teaching us.

In 2007, my passions for the poor and the lost turned into prayers and I found myself asking God to ‘open a door to full time ministry on a mission field in a location of His choosing.’ As I prayed, I began to have a sense that the mission  field was to be in Europe, God confirming His call to me in:

Ezekiel 12 where it actually says, ‘pack your things and go’.

Initially I suspected that my call would be to Switzerland as I had inherited a property there and it was also a place where I had many relatives. As it turned out, because I was a South African citizen I was unable to re-locate to Switzerland so I visited the country and continued to seek the Lord for more specific guidance.

Amongst my relatives, I have a cousin who is married to a Serbian lady and as I talked with her, Serbia, its tragic experiences, the wars, the poverty, its people and the needs of its inhabitants became a focus of my attention.