At Camp Meeting the first weekend has a main preacher - often representing one of the traditional minorities. The second weekend has another main speaker. But in between there are some people that are good preachers, perhaps with not quite with the same broad appeal, who have a message to share.
This year we had Ranko Stefanovic, who I only knew from a very thick, kind of hard to follow, book on Revelation. I did not have huge hopes - but after meeting him back stage I did want to hear what he had to say.
In all my years I don't think I have ever seen a man preach with such focus. He really wanted the saints to hear God, to respond to God. When I imagine Paul preaching, this is what I see in my head.
He has a thick accent, not many stories, he's older, and an obvious academic. But his focus - I'd never seen anything like it.
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Later in the week I was sitting in back watching him on the monitor, when we all tried to guess his nationality. I guessed former Yugoslavia, and we found on-line that that was correct. So from there I guessed Croatian. If not, maybe Bosnia (I was really just saving face with the last one, and I felt confident enough to know he was not a Serb). When he had finished preaching he came back where we were and told us he was originally Croatian, but his mother was from Bosnia. Score!
However, he then spent 40 minutes with a couple of us, commenting on the war and the history of Serbs and Croats - doing something only Godly people can do in this situation, blaming his own people through history as much as anyone else.
May God continue to bless this man, and his preaching.