KPEC is the Kosova Protestant Evangelical Church, the Kosova equivalent to the Evagelical Alliance in the UK. Members are made up from representatives of Evangelical churches and mission organisations from 17 municipalities in Kosova. At the moment there are 48 members around 2/3 of which represent evangelical churches.
On Friday 11th March we went with Pastor Jeton to Prishtinë for a symposium and worship with Other KPEC members. We heard two presentations of Masters theses, one on the history of the Evagelical church in Kosova and the other on the differences between Kosovar culture and the culture of Kosovars within the evangelical church with research done in Gjakovë. Worship was led by a church from Gjilan and the message was brought by an American who pastors three Albanian churches in New Jersey. The message was based on Paul’s letter to Timothy and the challenge to lead.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
On Saturday we went again with Pastor Jeton and Norë and Metush Kaja who represent CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship) to the KPEC Assembly which is a full day meeting to welcome new members, elect new council members and discuss joint ventures and the future of the evangelical church in Kosova.
It is sometimes easy to forget that the church in Kosova is in its infancy. The first Protestant church in the country is only 30 years old, the first church in Gjakovë is only 20 years old and our own church, Kisha Rilindja i Kosovës isn’t even 10 yet! Most Christians in Kosova are the first generation of believers here, many of whom became Christians after the war in Kosova (1999). Churches here don’t have centuries of tradition and the mistakes and triumphs of previous generations to learn from. There is a great sense that the way to build up the church in Kosova is through unity and there is something quite refreshing about that.