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Ajvar [eye-var] or hajvar is a sort of relish made from roasted peppers. It is a popular accompaniment in Kosova for many foods and is used as a base for pizzas, in place of chutney or mustard in a sandwich and on the side of bread and cheese and many traditional Kosovar dishes.
Ajvar is made in the autumn (September and October) when peppers are very cheap. Continue reading “Kosova Food 2 – Ajvar”
Last week Pastor Jeton started the weekly English courses in Klinë and had 5 students, not a bad number to start with. This week the number had grown to 7 students which is a real blessing for the church plant in Klinë both financially for the church plant and in making contacts and building relationships with the people of Klinë. Continue reading “Week 2 in Klinë”
Over a year ago I wrote a blog post about things I miss from England. That blog post was all about food, specifically the food you can’t get in Kosova. The good news: you can now get more and more food items that 3 years ago you couldn’t find here. Now we have baked beans, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, ramen noodles, sweet chilli sauce and Texas barbecue flavoured Pringles! Even at the market you can now find celery, fresh mushrooms, sweet potatoes, avocados and even passion fruit (though it will cost you). This is far removed from how things were when I first moved to Kosova 3 years ago when a stick of celery was a luxury I couldn’t hope to find anywhere. Continue reading “Kosova Food 1 – samun me suxhuk”
We wrote about the house ministry in Vraniq back in April and it is still very much part of what we do each week. On Saturday mornings we go for 1-2 hours and spend time in the homes of the Roma families who live in Vraniq. Our time is spent singing worship songs, which the younger kids really love, sharing a story, psalm or reflection from the Bible and then spending time teaching English and Albanian reading and writing, and having a time of fellowship.
It’s been several months since we started the music course at church for those who want to learn to play the piano, guitar or to work on their singing. We want to train the next generation of worship leaders so that each area of ministry in the church has people equipped to lead worship both now and for years to come. Continue reading “Music Course”
In May this year we were visited by friends and former colleagues from the UK. During that week we visited the city to pray for the call on our church to plant a church in Klinë, specifically for God to show us the right place to rent for the church plant and for the gospel message to be heard there.
After several months of prayer and visits to Klinë we finally agreed to rent a small shop opposite a primary school in order to start the church ministry and English course. Continue reading “Church Plant Klinë”
This summer has been really busy: we’ve been involved with mission teams, a project to distribute water with an evangelical message and preparations for the church’s 10th anniversary celebrations at the beginning of September. But by far the most anticipated activity this summer was the youth camp. Our original plan as a church was to go on camp at the beginning of July but due to limited finances and wedding season here in Kosova we had to push the dates back to the end of August. Continue reading “Youth Camp 2017”
The summer in Kosova is very hot with temperatures up to 40ºC. Because Kosova is surrounded by mountains it’s like living in a bowl, the heat is concentrated inside the bowl and there’s no breeze. Dehydration can be a big problem in the summer and in August we got involved in a project started by a church group in the capital, Prishtina, Water of Hope (Uji i Shpresës). Continue reading “Water of Hope Project”
We love worship and it is very much part of our everyday lives as well as something we lead at church. When Ilir was asked to take over as worship leader in 2014 he was nervous about being a worship leader because he didn’t think he could sing well enough or play the guitar very well (his preferred instrument is the bass guitar). When he asked me to join the worship group in 2015 I felt very much the same way about playing the piano, but God has equipped us both and continues to lead us as we lead worship at our church Kisha Rilindja e Kosovës. We are blessed that we also have three other members of the worship group who each bring different gifts and a passion for worship.*
On Saturday we were asked to lead worship at a small church in Deçan, a town just over 20km from Gjakovë. Continue reading “Leading Worship in Deçan”
One of our favourite parts of being members of Kisha Rilindja e Kosovës (Rebirth of Kosova Church) is that we get to meet people from all over the world who have the same desire and passion to see the church in Kosova grow as we do. Throughout the year we get requests as a church to host teams from other countries for conferences or outreach projects.
In August we hosted a team from Italy who were in Kosova for the first time as part of Tour Giallo, or “Yellow Tour”. The team were from a large church in Milan, Italy and many of them are students of the Church’s own Bible school. Tour Giallo is an evangelism project to reach people throughout Europe. Continue reading “Tour Giallo”
Dear friends. It’s been a very long summer for us, hence the reason we haven’t posted anything for several months. It’s back to school time for the children and youth but for us it’s just a case of carrying on as normal. We haven’t stopped for a break this summer which has been a little tiring, partly because of the 40ºC+ heat we have here in Kosova in the summer. Because it’s been so long, we’ll start with the most recent news first and update you on some other activities from the summer in the near future.
2017 is a special year for our church, Kisha Rilindja e Kosovës, as we celebrate 10 years since Pastor Jeton and Flora started the church. Continue reading “Celebration time”
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Last year, the worship group from our church, Kisha Rilindja e Kosovës, led the worship at the joint Easter Sunday service in Gjakovë (Read more: Urime Pashka – Happy Easter). For joint services each of the 6 churches in Gjakovë takes turns in providing the worship, drama, preaching and welcome, so this year our church is providing the drama. During the Christmas Day service at our church the youth performed “The Life of Jesus”, a mime taking only 6 minutes. At Christmas the message of the drama was that we shouldn’t focus only on Jesus’ birth but on His birth as the starting point of His life, ministry, death and resurrection.
We’ve been practising all week with the youth to perform the same drama at the Cultural Palace on Sunday afternoon.
Last weekend we went with the Youth of the church for the second year in a row to clean up the park area near to our church. You can see the pictures and read about this initiative from last year in our blog post Ta Pastrojmë Gjakovën – Clean Up Gjakovë. Last year we collected 8 sacks of rubbish from a small area just across the road from our church and this year we collected 7 so there is perhaps a gradual improvement taking place.
For about 3 months we have been going with Drita to Vraniq, a village about 6 miles (10 km) from Gjakovë. The purpose for these visits is to teach English, help with homework and evangelise to the families that live there. Continue reading “House Ministry in Vraniq”