"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure..." Hebrews 6:19
My name is Taylor Smith, and I was born and raised in Texas. In recent years, I have been called to serve in Serbia. I have gone on several mission trips through my church, and as my heart grew more fond of the people in Serbia, I knew I needed to do something more. I found out about YWAM through a friend and went through a Discipleship Training School that took place in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Hungary. I felt my call confirmed during the time this school took place, and by the grace of God, I am now living in the city of Užice, Serbia. I have established many lasting relationships here and would like to continue building relationships while sharing the Good News. Continue reading to see what we have been doing as a team and what our vision is for the future.
This is a short video that shows the city I work in. We are currently working toward giving our website a facelift, which will include more relevant information about what we do. I will post the link to our website once it goes live.
I have a passion for women and their walk with God, so I lead a ladies' Bible study once per week. So far, we have studied Priscilla Shirer's Armor of God.
I have a close friend in another city who is a believer, and she is not currently able to fellowship with other believers. I am leading a one-on-one Bible study with her each week in order to deepen her relationship with God, as well as gain more experience in leading studies.
We run an Alpha Course here for people to have a safe place to learn about Christianity, ask questions, and share their opinions. It has gone over very well so far, and we are very excited about the changes we have seen in some of the attendees!
I am learning the language in order to communicate with the locals in their heart language. The local language is Serbian and it is a difficult language, but I am making immense improvements. A lot of people here don't speak any English, so it is important for me to learn the local language.
One of my top spiritual gifts is administration. I didn't think there was any way I would be able to use that gift over here, but I am actually able to execute my gift. I run administrative meetings each week, help to plan and organize activities, and have helped with the business plan.
As a new and pioneering team in Užice, there are many possibilities for us. One of our dreams is to open a cafe and run it as a business as mission ministry. This is something that would not only help the economy and community around us, but it would also help sustain other ministries that are on our hearts. We have found a space that we are interested in, but it is a government-owned building, so there are some hoops we are having to jump through before we are able to get it. It is also what would be defined as a "fixer-upper," but it is in a great, up-and-coming location of the city and it has good bones. We are excited to be working together on this project, and can't wait to start these new ministries!
Modern Day has made a way for all supporters to be tax-deductible recipients. Along with that, there is also an option to give a one-time or recurring monthly donation. Those who staff with YWAM are full-time volunteers, which means we are fully funded by churches, families, and individuals who feel called to support! My monthly goal is USD 1,400, which covers food, living, medical expenses, travel, and ministry work all while staffing at the YWAM Užice Base. If you desire to support me in prayer, monthly financial partnership, or by a one-time donation, I would be SO incredibly grateful to partner with you in the ministry here! God is moving in a BIG way and it's amazing that we get to be a small part of it! Thank you for wanting to sow a seed into the Kingdom!
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