Tvrtko Barun is a Jesuit and the former Director of JRS South East Europe
Why do you think the work of JRS is relevant today?
We are living in a world full of fear, injustice and animosity towards people different to us. Uncertain in our own identity, we are closing ourselves to those who, with their same existence but also through their own sufferings, question our ideas, principles and behaviors. JRS is responding to these challenges with an open mind, discerning heart and a gentle hand.
How does your work contribute to JRS mission?
I consider the mission of a country director as a mission of nourishing the form and the content of JRS. The form is taking care of the colleagues who serve refugees, and the content is inspiring in them the JRS vision and mission as a specific style of that engagement.
What does JRS mean to you?
JRS has helped me to experience the richness and the simplicity of the poor and the vulnerable. This reveals to me how to grow in freedom for others and for God. JRS is giving me the chance to live my Christian mission of witnessing Christ’s love.