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”
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”
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”
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.
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”
Regular readers of our blog or prayer letters will know that we organise a couple’s dinner once a month at our church where we can get together and discuss what it means to have a Christian marriage. Normally each couple brings some food and we share a meal together followed by a discussion and dessert. This month, instead of our normal couple’s dinner we all attended a marriage seminar hosted by another Gjakovë church. Continue reading “Marriage Seminar”
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”
For some time we have been planning and praying about teaching a music course for anyone at the church who is interested in learning an instrument or developing further skills in an instrument they already play. Continue reading “Kursi Muzikes – Music Course”
Urime Vitin e Ri – Happy New Year! We hope that everyone reading this had a wonderful Christmas and is being blessed so far in 2017. It seems like 2016 went so quickly, especially the last month which was jam packed full of church activities, family commitments and challenges. Continue reading “Happy New Year! It’s been a while…”
Christmas is very nearly upon us and we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what we’ll be doing in the run up to and including Christmas Day. Continue reading “Christmas activities”
“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”
Every now and again it’s good to take the church outside the building and spend time in fellowship somewhere different. The Youth Ministry is no exception and, because some of the boys were occupied with the inter-church football tournament the number of young people was diminished. Helen went with Drita (another church leader who is responsible for the Youth Ministry) and eight of the young people to the local shopping centre for an hour of bowling. Continue reading “Youth ministry doesn’t just happen in the church”