The Vacant Seat

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TEACH Services, Inc., 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 130 pages
Branislav Jaksic almost didn t make it into this world, and when he did arrive, his alcoholic father disowned him and his uncle said he was ugly. Born in communist Yugoslavia in 1938, Branislav had a rough start in life. But life didn t get any easier as he grew older. War, food shortages, an abusive father, and religious persecution were part of Branislav s life. Despite the turmoil around him, his mother s unshakable faith and trust in God and His divine plan for Branislav s life gave him hope. Upon becoming a Sabbathkeeper, Branislav faced an uncertain future, especially in light of the mandatory service he was required to complete in the Yugoslavian army. What was he to do? He could not join as a noncombatant. He could not request Sabbaths off. Other young Sabbathkeepers who refused to do as the military demanded were imprisoned, beaten, tortured, and starved. He had heard the stories. The only option was to leave the country. But how? Could he escape across the border into Italy and apply to the Italian authorities for protection? Could he leave his beloved mother and family, not knowing if he would ever see them again? The Vacant Seat will thrill you as you read about God s protection and His divine plan for one of His servants Branislav Jaksic a man who trusts in the Lord and has devoted his life to serving his Savior."
 

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Contents

Prologue
7
Keeping Tradition
9
A Gathering of Clouds
13
Unwanted Pregnancy
16
Zivan Returns
22
Years of War and Years of Peace
25
Return to Hell
28
Eating Organic
33
Arriving in Australia
76
My First Job in Australia
79
Meeting Old Friends
81
Buying My First House
83
Getting Serious About Marriage
85
Promotions at Work
90
The Call to Work for the Lord
92
A New Start
94

The Church
35
Another Sabbath Test
39
First Move to Leave
41
The Second Attempt
46
The Third Attempt
50
Taking Two Weeks Vacation
53
The Escape
60
Goodbye My Friend
65
Settling into the New Camp
71
Registration to Immigrate
73
Childrens Upbringing and Education
96
Meeting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
100
Going Home
102
The New Church
106
Working in the Pacific Region
108
Experiences
112
Work in Other Pacific Region Countries
118
Epilogue
126
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Branislav “Brian” Jaksic lives in Adelaide, Australia. The city is situated between the sea and the hills, and he and his wife live 16 kilometers outside the city in the hill country where they enjoy views of the city and the sea. Now retired, Brian spent his career working as a tailor and manager for a clothing manufacturer before accepting a call to work as a missionary for the church. Today Brian enjoys going door to door spreading the good news of God’s love and His soon coming. He and his wife also enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren, walking, gardening, and reading.

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