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”
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.
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”
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…”
“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”
You might remember that earlier this year Ilir captained a team from Rebirth of Kosova Church in a special football tournament in Prishtina. In that first tournament the team didn’t make it through the group stages but enjoyed the time playing against other teams from churches all over Kosova. Continue reading “Inter-church football tournament”
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.
For two days at the end of August we for a Couples’ Retreat up in the mountains in Rugovë, which is just West of the city of Peja and very close to the border with Montenegro. We were just one of seven couples from our church, Rebirth of Kosova, that made the two hour journey to this stunning location for the retreat.
Our time was spent in worship and fellowship with the other couples and discussing the importance of marriage from a Christian perspective.
The school summer holidays in Kosova are for about three months so day or week camps and outings are really important for the kids and their families. Many parents can’t afford a holiday so are grateful when their kids have the opportunity to do something fun. Continue reading “Day at the pool”