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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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.
Wow, what a week. We have been on the go non-stop since 7th March when we spent the day preparing for International Women’s Day which is on 8th March every year. As a church we decided to hold a special event for women, young and old, to celebrate this day and invited a guest speaker to come and speak on the theme “Hope in the midst of difficulty”. Continue reading “8th March 2017”
Today marks the 9th anniversary of Kosova’s Independence, which reminds you how young this country really is. Most capital cities have monuments and statues depicting the history of the country and it’s famous inhabitants, leaders and warriors, Kosova has all of those but also has a monument which is unique. Continue reading “Urime 9 Vjet Pavarësi!”
“…do as the Romans do.” I’m not quite sure what the origins of this expression are but the message is a very powerful one: respect the culture you’re in. Continue reading ““When in Rome…””
“Helen, you look like you’re on a mission trip, why are you taking photos of me cleaning windows?”. Ilir’s point was a good one. We have both had a lot of experience of mission teams who photograph literally everything they do, see (or eat) for the ‘report to church’ when they get home, and at times we have found ourselves doing roughly the same thing so that we have some ‘proof’ of what we’re doing for our prayer letters and blog Continue reading “When [we’re] cleaning windows”
On Friday evening at 10:30 we received a phone call, “We don’t have anywhere to stay tonight, the place we booked is locked up and no one is answering the phone”.
What do we suggest? Continue reading “Unexpected Guests”
On 20th September we held the first of our monthly couples’ dinners at the church. Everyone brought either a main course or a dessert to share and we had a really good time of fellowship with one another. This dinner came about one month after the couples’ retreat in Rugove that everyone had enjoyed so much and after the meal we spent some time talking about whether the retreat had been beneficial for our marriages and anything that we had taken from the retreat and applied to our lives since.
The couples’ dinners will be held on the 3rd Tuesday evening of each month at the church.
This week we were invited to go with our pastor, Jeton, to an OSCE conference in Peje. The OSCE is the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the conference was for members of all religious groups and representatives of municipalities (like the local council) to discuss how the different faith groups in each municipality can have their voices heard by local officials. Continue reading “OSCE conference”
Back in June we wrote about a national campaign to clean up Kosova (Please see Ta Pastrojmë Kosovën – Clean Up Kosova) when we spent a day clearing rubbish from Brekoc, a village we often support with food parcels (Please see Food, and more…). Today, as part of the Youth Ministry of our Church, Rebirth of Kosova, we worked with the Youth to clean up Gjakovë. Continue reading “Ta Pastrojmë Gjakovën – Clean Up Gjakova”
Because of its complicated political history and the fact that Kosova is such a new country we feel it is important to write generally about Kosova as well as what we’re doing to serve God with Rebirth of Kosova Church. Continue reading “The missing piece”
It has been a while since our last update as we have had visitors with us for the last two weeks. Now that we are back to our normal routine we thought we would update you over the next few days on what we have been doing as part of our service with the church here in Gjakova. Continue reading “Ta Pastrojmë Kosovën – Clean Up Kosova”
Please click below to read our latest Prayer Letter which has news, updates and prayer requests from the last few months.
It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Rebirth of Kosova Church. You may remember reading our post Rebirth of Kosova is moving! about how, due to the issues we were having with our old building, we had made the decision to move to a new building. We also appealed for your support to cover the increased cost of the rent at the new building and we would like to encourage you to pray and share our fundraising page so that we can raise the remainder of the funds we need https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/rokrent Continue reading “A time of transition”
This is a topic that I (Helen) have kept to myself since moving to Kosova in May 2014, but I feel that now is the right time to talk about it. Continue reading “Culture Shock”