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Yesterday was a special day for Rebirth of Kosova Church as we celebrated with 9 new believers on the day of their baptism. It was an especially significant day for the church as 4 of the 9 people being baptised are from the new church plant in Klina. Continue reading “Baptisms”
It feels strange to be writing a blog post after such a long break from it. Since we came back to Kosova after Christmas and New Year in the UK we have had periods of business and periods of quiet. Now that we’re in May and, starting this week, enter the busiest period of the Church’s calendar by far – teams season. Continue reading “May 2018 Update”
The church plant in Klina is gaining momentum, and one of the things we have been looking forward to most is holding worship services for the handful of Christians in Klina as well as for those who have questions and want to find out more.
The main worship service in Klina now takes place on Saturdays at 11:00am every other week. For the first of these services we welcomed 8 locals from Klina to come and worship with us and to hear the Word and share fellowship together.
We are not the only ones involved in Klina, many members of the church in Gjakova have been involved in various aspects of this new ministry. Please pray that the Lord will motivate and use the right people for this ministry.
Thank you for your prayers for the church plant in Klina. We thank the Lord for His leading in this new season in the life of Rebirth of Kosova Church and trust in His perfect plan for the church plant in Klina.
Our church here in Kosova needs to raise 7,500€ to buy a minibus for the various ministries of the church. Please follow the link for more details and to donate if you feel led to by the Lord.
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”