Sign Sealed and Delivered

One of the last projects, maybe it was THE last project, that we completed on this trip was the installation of a new exterior sign for the gathering place of the believers.  It’s their official church sign.  

We walked through our now familiar neighborhood, past the basketball lot, the step-down, the kindergarten, the ice cream kiosk and the chaotic intersection to the church.  Our two workmen traveled light in their “work truck” without wheels.

Mike finished his paint touch up on the wall. Voila, fiji.

The meeting facility shares the building with a sweet shop “Seventh Heaven” and an apartment upstairs.  Now they have their own identity on the premises.  In addition to serving as the worship center for Sunday morning, evening and Thursday evening prayer services, the saints gather there for personal study and for English classes on occasion.  It was also the site of the vacation Bible school that our home church, Faith Community Church in Oxnard, California hosted last summer (2011). It is a “temporary facility”, as they are looking into the future prospect of having a larger property that could be used for larger gatherings and activities, and to accommodate the increasing number of believers.

Our prayer as we stepped back from the installation is that God would be pleased to use it as a magnet to draw His people to hear the message of Christ the Savior.  We have come to love the people of Niksic, and desire that they would each be filled with the knowledge of the grace of God in the face of Jesus Christ.


One of the great things about living in a house where there are a lot of people is that you can get a group together to play games.  Here in the Surbatovic home we have played many games:  Bang!, Scrabble (Mom’s favorite), Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Labyrinth, Uno and Apples to Apples.  Some games are good for bilingual play, some aren’t.

One last Apples to Apples together with Mike, Marko, Momo, Jelena and Tanja

Did you hear this joke:  What do you call someone who speaks 2 languages? Biligual  What do you call someone who speaks 3 languages?  Trilingual.                             Someone who speaks 4 languages?  Quadrilingual.                                                        What do you call someone who speaks one language:  American


This week, two Danish girls flew in from Copenhagen. Their names are Tanja and Rebekka. We got to know them last time we were here in the summer.  They are both in their early twenties and in that stage between high school and university. In some countries of Europe, students take a year off of school and travel around and soak up culture. Tanja and Rebekka are both Christians and speak great English. We have this board/card game we like to play called Dominion. Basically, you see who can get the best cards and the most money so you can buy the most points at the end of the game. I’ve lost all the times we’ve played, but I hope that will change tonight. :D

Tomorrow is the day we say goodbye and I just want to say that I will miss everyone here. I’ve had a great time, but I miss everyone in California too. I feel like I have two homes now, Montenegro, and the US. Thank you everyone for tuning in and following us on our trip. See you all at home soon!


There and Back Again: Mike’s perspective

The trip home was a lot shorter than the trip there. I was very excited about the quick and easy 18 hour trip that we were taking and I was as prepared as I was going to get. I had music and books (all of which were on my iPod) and the trip flew by like nobody’s business.

The McLaughlin family got up at around six o’clock and did last minute preparations and said our goodbyes. The whole household got up early to give us one last round of hugs. We left the Surbatovic’s awesome house at seven o’clock, driven by Stan and accompanied by Milan. A quick stop at the Pekara one last time for my favorite meat burek, a reflective drive through these now familiar sites to the capital Podgorica and then we arrived at the aerodrom (airport) at thirty minutes to nine.

The plane lifted off at nine-thirty. It was a short forty-five minute flight, as opposed to a twelve hour twisting mountain bus or train ride. We arrived at Belgrade right on the ten-thirty mark and waited around in a caffe until our next flight was ready to go. At around one o’clock we left for Munich, another short one hour flight. When we landed we had to run over to our flight to LAX because it was already boarding when we landed. We made it on fine and the plane flight was very comfortable to me. I will not speak for my parents at this point. We all had personal entertainment.