East-West Church & Ministry Report
Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter 1993, Covering the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe

The Yugoslav Civil War
How Christians Can Help

When the governments of Slovenia and Croatia declared themselves independent in what was then Yugoslavia in 1991, few people from the West would have predicted the full-scale civil war that has erupted and the displacement of two million people. The UN sanctions against Serbia and Montenegro have had a devastating effect on the economy there, with one estimate predicting a million workers losing their jobs as a result of the sanctions. In addition, the wheat harvest is well below expectations and earnings fell by 50 percent during the first quarter of 1992. As the Western media focuses on the horrors of this civil war, they have begun to cover the brutalities and the shortages of food and medicines. But they have not covered what the Christians are doing there to make a difference.

Missionaries traveling to former Yugoslavia have reported several key needs in ministering to the people:

To help minister in the midst of this crisis, contact the agencies listed below:

The Croatian Office of Refugees and Displaced Persons is accepting the help of recognized agencies to provide humanitarian relief. Three of the largest indigenous agencies are Christian:
President Peter Kuzmic 
D. Tucovica 32 
Osijek, Croatia 
Tel/Fax: 38 54 556-466 

Vice President Franjo Prem 
(Evangelical Church of Croatia) 
Sokolovac 1 
Zagreb, Croatia 
Tel/Fax: 38 41 579-553

My Neighbor (Moy Bliznji) 
Dr. Josip Mikulic 
Pantovcak 5 
41000 Zagreb, Croatia 
Tel: 38 41 516-814; 38 41 517-259 
Fax: 38 41 538-982 

Spiritual Realities 
c/o Dr. Branco Lovrec 
Durmitorska 31 
41000 Zagreb, Croatia 
Tel: 38 41 428-559 
Fax: 38 41 426-588

Following is a partial list of international organizations providing help to the victims of the civil war:
International Red Cross 
19 Av de la Paix 
CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland 
Tel: 41 22 934-6001 
Fax: 41 22 733-2057 

American Red Cross 
431 18th St. NW 
Washington, DC 20006 
Tel: (202) 737-8300 
Fax: (202) 347-4486 

United Nations High Commission for Refugees 
Case Postale 2500 
CH-1211 Geneva 2 
Tel: 41 22 739-8111 
Fax: 41 22 731-9546 

Palazzo San Calisto 
I-00120 Citta del Vaticano 
Tel: 39 66 987-197

Samaritan's Purse 
P.O. Box 3000 
Boone, NC 28607 
Tel: (704) 262-1980 
Fax: (704) 262-1796 

Tear Fund (UK) 
100 Church Road 
TW11 8QE 
Tel: 44 81 977-9144 
Fax: 44 81 943-3594 

World Relief 
450 Gunderson Drive 
Carol Stream, IL 60188 
Tel: (708) 665-0235 
Fax: (708) 653-8023 

World Vision 
919 W. Huntington Drive 
Monrovia, CA 91016 
Tel: (818) 303-8811 
Fax: (818) 301-7786

"The Yugoslav Civil War:  How Christians Can Help," East-West Church & Ministry Report, 1 (Winter 1993), 6.

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1993 East-West Church and Ministry Report
ISSN 1069-5664

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