Adventist-Muslim Relations in Bosnia


04 June 2013 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina [Lidija Đorđević-Runić, tedNEWS]  Adventist-Muslim Relation Associate Director at the General Conference, Petras Bahadur, visited Sarajevo between 23-27 May 2013, holding number of workshops and seminars.  Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country within South-East European Union of the Seventh-day Adventist Church with the Muslim presence of about 2 million people and Seventh-day Adventist church membership of about 500.

Bahadur’s visit brought manifold blessings. Majority of his time was spent in educating members and church leaders, however, he also took the time to get to know some of the local people and meet with the core team of the church to make future plans.

At the meeting held on Friday night, which was open to everyone, Bahadur expounded on why Jesus had to come, and then on Saturday morning, he shared with us ideas on how we can achieve more effective Adventist-Muslim relations.

Saturday night and Sunday seminar focused on Muslim beliefs and common misconceptions. The objective was to train the participants on how to build better relationships with Muslims. One of the techniques demonstrated during the training involved role playing, but the main focus was on prayer and creating friendships.

Many members of the Sarajevo Seventh-day Adventist church, who have Muslim spouses, as well as Muslim co-workers, supervisors, neighbours and friends, found this seminar very useful. Their Senior Pastor Pavle Runić commented: “We are very excited!  New ground is being broken here! We gained valuable knowledge, which we didn't possess before.”

Bahadur is planning to have a series of public presentations in Sarajevo this coming autumn.  In addition to that, the local team is planning to organise cooperative parallel presentations with Muslim leaders. Topics of interest will include: Social justice in the Qur’an and the Bible; People of the book; Diet according to the Qur’an and the Bible; and Prayer in the Qur’an and the Bible. [tedNEWS]  


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