Paul Oestreicher, International Consultant at Coventry Cathedral, will be going to
Belgrade for a month, 16 July 12 August, to be the minister at the Anglican Church
Belgrade has not had an Anglican minister in residence for more than two years and Paul
is going at the invitation of the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, the Right Reverend John
Hind. An advance party has already gone to Belgrade to prepare for Pauls arrival.
The English-speaking community in Belgrade is of all nationalities.
Paul will be travelling to Serbia on his New Zealand passport, so as not to have NATO
connections. He will be travelling as widely as possible throughout Serbia, talking to as
many people as he can, beginning to heal the psychological and spiritual damage caused by
the recent war. He will also be talking to the local church leaders in Serbia.
Paul will be reporting back to Christian Aid and other aid agencies about the damage
that has been sustained in Serbia and what is needed. It may be possible for the Cathedral
Community or others in Coventry, to provide for smaller needs, and Paul will be collecting
as many contact names as possible in order for this to happen.
Paul will not be going into Kososvo, as he realises that reconciliation with Serbia
will be a long process. He is also aware of the dangers of visiting, and that he might
find himself in the midst of civil war.