Orhan’s family struggled with poverty when he was growing up in Mostar, Bosnia- Herzegovina. His mother, Marina, worked as a hairdresser and as a cleaner for a local company. His father was unemployed but picked up any manual work he was offered.
Orhan grew up sharing a small house with 11 other family members: his parents, his sister who is five years younger, his grandparents, uncles, and aunts. The house had a living room, bedroom, kitchenette and inside toilet. Orhan, his sister and parents slept in the bedroom at night, and the other family members in the living room.
Orhan’s family were enrolled on Mission Without Borders’ family sponsorship program.
As a result, Orhan had a childhood filled with the Mission’s summer camps, special children’s events, and later, youth meetings. His faith had its difficulties – but Orhan always had a sense of God’s hand on his life – and was drawn to Christianity because of the people he knew. Growing up in a Muslim community, Orhan would never have been exposed to the Bible and its truths were it not for MWB.