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Protestant Church of Zenica / CEC Partnership

CEC partnered with the missionary work taking place in the city of Zenica BiH through International Teams for 5 years from 2012 - 2017. The missionary team work with Bosnian nationals living in very difficult circumstances in a country that is still continuing to recover from the ravages of the Bosnian war which took place less than 20 years ago.

The team in Zenica is led by Walter Goncalves, a Brazilian national who has been serving in Bosnia for 15 years:

The story so far.....

  • April 2017
    A team of 5 from Crofts End plus Jason Rogers (ITeams UK) travelled to Zenica.  The purpose of this visit was to shoot a short film about Grace Valley and the Children's Day Care Centre in order to promote this work within the UK.  Two leaders from CEC also undertook two afternoon seminars to help teach and encourage the leaders of the ministry.
    For the full story in pictures see our  photo album

  • June 2016
    One leader from CEC and George Baxter (ITeams UK) made a 3 day pastoral visit to Zenica.

  • July 2015

    From 20th - 24th July 2015 CEC organised a youth outreach camp for young Bosnians.  Abundance Camp was held at Neum in Herzegovina and was a whole week sharing the gospel, praising God and having great fun together.  For the full story in pictures see our photo album

  • January 2015
    Two leaders from CEC joined the team and people from the Zenica church for 5 days at their Winter Camp.  We provided teaching and worship, a team strategy review and were able to engage with Bosnian church members through activities and fellowship The theme was 'Fruits of the Spirit' which was conveyed through teaching and song.

  • November 2014
    A member of the CEC leadership team travelled to Zenica to undertake teaching on church administration and facilitate practical work sessions looking at the roles and organisation within the church and associated ministries/projects. Follow this link to see images of this ministry visit

  • August 2014 
    We were pleased to be able host a visit from the whole missionary team
    .  This two week period in the UK gave the team time to rest and get to know the church here in Bristol.  It was also an opportunity for the two youngest members to build up relationships with our youth group through taking part in Soul Survivor at Shepton Mallet
  • September 2013
    A second team of workers travelled out to Zenica to carry out practical work on a children's Day Centre and additional development at Grace Valley. 

  • June 2013
    Walter Goncalves visited CEC for 3 days as part of his European journey.
  • January 2013
    Two leaders from CEC undertook a 3 day leadership training exercise with the missionary team and others from within the Zenica church who were identified as potential leaders for the future. 
  • September 2012
    A team of people from CEC travelled out to Zenica to take part in practical projects in homes of the poor around Zenica and at Grace Valley Farm, a local place of refuge and learning for young Bosnian men still suffering from the fallout of the Bosnian war .  Take a look at some images from this mission trip here.
  • March 2012 
    Our partnership began with first contact being made when small team went on an introductory and fact finding visit