I got stationed in Bosnia to work at an embassy as a security guard. 

[iMedjugorje note: Javi is a United States Marine stationed at the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo.]

It’s a small capital, and it’s a city, but it’s very small. They’re very segregated in Sarajevo. You’ve got the Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Even the taxis, they don’t like to go on other people’s property so they take down their taxi sign because they’re not allowed to do business on the other side. 

There are 180 something embassies worldwide, and I got one in Bosnia. I was the only one to go to Bonsia and one of like twenty to go to Central Europe.

Then, my cousin Cimela was like, “You’ve got to go to Medjugorje!” So I came. 

I told my driver and he drove me to Medjugorje. Then he made me walk. Then I got kidnapped by Cimela. They started honking at me, and they threw me in the car and we went to hear Mirjana’s talk.

She saw Mary. That’s crazy. 

I was only here for a day because I have to go back to work today at 2 o’clock. I talked to Mirjana, hiked up Apparition Hill and Cross Mountain. Cross Mountain was probably the best; just listening to Miki. A lot of Miki’s stories were good. 

I saw my grandfather Papi Juan. This is the first time I’ve seen him in two years. It was really good to see him in person and not in picture, then to do this with him was really fun.

Here, you feel love and peace. You actually feel it. It’s really different.