Project Aniko, Serbia, Eastern Europe
Ksenija Sabo, Tirzah’s regional leader in Eastern Europe, works to help women realize their potential, gifts and talents and encourages them to use those skills to impact their communities. She is also involved in the leadership of a Bible school and the Precept Ministries Institute, with an enrollment that includes mostly female students. These are future pastors, teachers and preachers. Part of Ksenija’s calling is to help women understand that the Lord needs women as well as men in ministry.
After the Bosnian war, the former Yugoslavia split geographically and spiritually. There were no connections between churches in the countries of former Yugoslavia. Eight years ago, a group of Christian women, including Ksenija, came together at a meeting in Croatia to seek reconciliation. At this gathering, women stood and asked each other for forgiveness for all that had happened. They blessed each other and prayed for each other. That event was the beginning of “Daughters of the King,” a yearly conference that brings women together from across Eastern Europe.
The year that this conference was held in Bosnia, 550 ladies gathered together for four days in love and unity, to worship God and to proclaim His Lordship in their lives and over their nations. The theme was " Vessels of Honor". Women described their time there as encouraging, a “balm on their wounded hearts.” Tirzah helped women to attend who otherwise could not have afforded to be present.
Ksenija is also involved with the leadership of Christians who are reaching out to the Roma community. Throughout Eastern Europe, the Roma are often marginalized and discriminated against. This is particularly difficult for young Roman women who often find themselves forced to leave school early and marry against their wishes. Leaders from Hungary, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria are working together to help the Roma people through conferences, seminars, and programs.
Her team helps get battered women into counseling and helps women escape from abusive situations. They are in the beginning stages of developing this needed ministry.
They also minister to the Roma community where forced early marriage is common. Girls aged 13 or 14 are frequently given in marriage to much older men. The team also works to keep young Roma girls in school and delay marriage.
Women in the Tirzah network in this region help cover the costs of books, and school supplies for children in their churches. They also provide transport to school for children who need this and provide funds for college entrance exams.
Tirzah's Regional Leader works with the vulnerable population of Roma women and girls throughout Serbia and Eastern Europe. Her work encourages Roma families to value their daughters and keep them in school rather than marrying them off in their early teens. The Leadership Team in Eastern Europe make sure that Roma women are included in all of the leadership training. This bolsters the prevention of trafficking for these women. This is key in efforts to combat modern-day slavery.