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.
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”
For anyone wondering why there’s not many photos of Helen in our blog posts or prayer letters. She’s always the one taking the photos!
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”
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”
Over the last 2 or 3 months we have, as a church, been working through the Fruit of the Spirit as written about in Galatians:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
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”