Let me share five video reports produced in 2019 that highlight several aspects of the Renewing Our Minds (ROM) ministry in 2019 as well as partnerships connected with this ministry in various ways. I’ve been privileged to lead the ROM ministry since 2001 until the summer of 2019.
ROM20 #3, Jesus Plus Nothing: Since its birth in 1999 ROM – Renewing Our Minds ministry has always remained faithful to its message of friendship, reconciliation and sacrificial leadership. But what made its ministry unique and effective was its focus on Jesus. For all those years it has been on my heart, as its director for the past eighteen years, and on the hearts of the core team to make sure Jesus remains the center of the ROM ministry, and keeps informing everything we are, do and teach at ROM. This video features several short Jesus centered highlights I shared at various ROM gatherings in the past years. I’ve enjoyed leading ROM very much but of all aspects of ROM leaderships I loved teaching about Jesus the most. I’m confident that under the leadership of Bojan Ruvarac, ROM’s new director, this precious ministry will continue to be firmly rooted in Jesus. This video is enhanced with a random selection of photos depicting many moments in the 20 years long ROM history. Time 10:40 min.
ROM 20 #2 – Festival of Friends: 2019 was a special year in the history of ROM – Renewing Our Minds. 200 participants, ROM alumni, gathered in Ohrid, North Macedonia at the end of August to celebrate the first twenty years of the ROM ministry. ROM 1999-2019 Anniversary Celebration Gathering was about reenergizing, sharing, empowering, thanksgiving, peace building, reconciliation, leadership of service, and following Jesus – which have been the core values of ROM since its birth in 1999. ROM 20 was also a festival of friendship, joy and laughter, and lots of music. Time: 10.00 min.
ROM20 #1 – Empowering Generations: 2019 was a special year in the history of ROM – Renewing Our Minds. 200 participants, mostly ROM alumni with families and children, gathered in Ohrid, North Macedonia at the end of August to celebrate the first twenty years of the ROM ministry. ROM 1999-2019 Anniversary Celebration Gathering was about reenergizing, sharing, empowering, thanksgiving, and in reminding the ROM alumni of the values of peace building, reconciliation, leadership of service, and following Jesus – which have been the core values of ROM since its birth in 1999. This is the first of several short videos featuring different aspects of the ROM 20 Celebration Gathering in Ohrid, North Macedonia.
Uganda Report: You must see our Uganda Report? just over a month ago Bojan Ruvarac and Tihomir Kukolja were visiting Uganda. We met with the leaders of the Africa Youth Leadership Forum (AYLF) from Uganda and Eastern Africa. We shared our experiences of work with the Renewing Our Minds (ROM) ministry and our governing organization Forum for Leadership and Reconciliation. Our African friends shared their experiences with AYLF and Cornerstone Development. We were impressed, humbled and inspired at the same time as we watched how young people of Uganda and East Africa are becoming transformed into the future leaders of this region thanks to the dedicated work of the African youth Leadership Forum and Cornerstone Development, and their vision of “nurturing a new breed of African leaders”. Out of our visit and time spent with our friends from AYLF a new vision has emerged: AYLF is seriously planning to move forward with an African version of ROM. Watch this video and be inspired! Time 11:30.
House of Hope March 2019 Report: For many years this house was a home of drug addicts and prostitutes. After several moths of hard work and some opposition the work of transformation is almost complete. Unfortunately, since the time this video report was made the work on the house restoration has faced some major, malicious opposition. Time: 3:01 min.