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The Country of Serbia
April 5th, 2009 by ron

Church in  Novi Sod

Church in Novi Sod

US Bombing

US Bombing

Branch Pres & Elder D

Branch Pres & Elder D

Watching General Conference

Watching General Conference

Orthodox Church

Orthodox Church

LDS Church in Poncevo Serbia

LDS Church in Poncevo Serbia

Secret Door

Secret Door

Gypsy Wagon

Gypsy Wagon

Hospital file system

Hospital file system

Serbian Police

Serbian Police

Selling Wood

Selling Wood

We have had a busy week and it sure makes the time go by quickly.  Monday we went to Novi Sad to meet Dr. Grebbeldinger.   He is a real champion in the country of Serbia as he puts the needs of the people ahead of his position and fame.  This was Ron’s first experience with driving in Serbia and he managed to get stopped by a policeman for making an illegal turn.   The policeman told him to go because we didn’t understand what he was saying!  He did really well from that point on.

On Tuesday we went to a smaller city Poncevo.  We went to contact a school about doing a health fair there about not smoking.   They have a smoking room for the kids there so they need it really bad but the principal was in a meeting so we will have to go back.  We next contacted a local hospital to tall to their administrator but the administrator had only started the day before and so we were asked to come back at another date.  The hospital was so old and crumbling around them..Ron went upstairs to make a copy with a lady and he said that their records and x-rays were in cardboard boxes lining the hallways.  We tried to contact the Red Cross but they went home at 2:00 so we have work to do there at a later date but it was a start.  We also went to the 2 room church.  It is so meager and yet the people are happy and continue to do what is right.  The building is old and is rented by the church.  It has a trap door in the floor where Jews hid out from the Nazi’s during WWll.  It is a small room with a homemade ladder leading down and is cold and completely dark and damp’  It just makes your heart ache.  We have nothing to complain about.

On Wed. the Elders took us downtown to get our bus pass.  We took a bus for awhile  and then had to walk for another while in and around and about until we finally got there.  I would never be able to find it again if I tried hard.

On Friday we drove the church auditors to Novi Sad and too Sremska Mitrovena.  The Branch Pres. in Novi Sad was and Elder Kearny from Provo.  His mission is over and we put he and 2 other elders of the train for home on Sat.  They all served 2 years and 3 weeks.  Now another elder,Elder Singer is the Branch Pres.  Ron will most likely be the auditor for the time we are here because the auditors had to come over from Germany to do the audit and they asked Ron if he would be willing to do it from now on and of course he said yes.  These little branches barely have enough people to barely keep it going and Poncevo Branch was closed down last week and they must come into Belgrade from now on to go to church.  They only had one active family and one elderly sister who isn’t able to go to church right now  because she has been really ill.

On Sat. we walked to the train station and bid the 3 elders farewell then walked to the church to see the other elders.  We then walked to a huge Orthodox Church that is a few blocks from here.  They are in the middle of renovations and  fork lifts were buzzing back and forth between people–where is osha when we need them!!!!!  Their religious customs are really unusual.  No chairs to sit anywhere.  They have little podiums set up all over with pictures of their patron saints.  People walk up, cross themselves from head to toe three times, bow down and kiss the picture and then they are supposed to deposit money into the slot but most of them don’t.  We then went into another building where a priest was christening a young boy about 7 months old.  The child was in a stroller  The priest sang and chanted  and after a few minutes the father picked up the child and he and the priest walked around in circles while the priest continued to chant and sing and swing a little metal urn with smoking incense.  When he was done, the father paid him some money and it was done.  Quite a contrast to our conference that we listened to a few hours later.

It was humbling to watch the sweet saints who come to watch conference on T.V. in english with a live translator.  Sat. Morning because it ends at midnight and they can’t get home by bus or however they got there and then they turn around and do the same thing on Sunday.  I’m telling you we have it so easy compared to them.  I must say goodbye because we are going to walk to the church for conference again.


6 Responses  
  • Jana writes:
    April 8th, 20095:09 pmat

    Wow! Those members are remarkably strong, and faithfull. It sounds like you have your work cut out for you, and will not have any problems finding things that need to be done for those people. They are blessed to have two wonderful people there to help serve.

  • Cindy Larkin writes:
    April 11th, 20098:01 amat

    I’m glad I found your website! It’s so good to read about what you two are doing, and great to see pictures.

  • Greg and Kathy Cherry writes:
    April 15th, 20093:24 amat

    What fascinating pictures and stories! Thanks for sharing. Keep the good news coming. We will e-mail soon.

  • Caroline & Dick writes:
    April 15th, 200911:22 pmat

    What a great story your writing. Keep it up. We are so proud of you guys. Miss you lots and hope you are able to do alot of good there. Love Caroline

  • Shirlene Peterson writes:
    April 18th, 20091:36 amat

    Hi E/S Densley. It’s awesome to see the pictures and hear your stories of your happenings. I just keep thinking how lucky those people there are to have you two amongst them. Once they gain your trust amazing things are going to happen. Keep up the good work and know we miss and love you guys. You are always in our prayers and in our hearts.

    Shirlene

  • Caroline & Dick writes:
    April 20th, 20093:45 amat

    Hey! Ron watch your driving because you will need my company. You know we do bad drivers!!
    We sure enjoy hearing from you. We pray for you for your sucess and the sucess of your callling.
    Ron you look pretty good playing ball. Iam sure that your parents would be proud of what your doing. Love Dick and Caroline


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