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Dervishis in Kosova

Our lives in full-time church ministry, Kosova culture and more…

Happy New Year! It’s been a while…

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…”

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Christmas activities

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”

“When in Rome…”

“…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…””

When [we’re] cleaning windows

img_8420“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”

Youth ministry doesn’t just happen in the church

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”

Unexpected Guests

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”

Inter-church football tournament

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”

Couples’ Dinner

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.

OSCE conference

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!

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Ta Pastrojmë Gjakovën – Clean Up Gjakova

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”

Couples’ Retreat

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.

Continue reading “Couples’ Retreat”

Our latest prayer letter is now available to view/download. Please click the link below to read our news from the last few months.

Newsletter September 2016
September 2016

Këngë Adhurimi Shqip

Day at the pool

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”

Food, and more…

This week marks “back to school” and therefore the end of summer (or at least that’s how kids all over Europe see it!) so we thought it was finally time to write about how we spent this summer serving the Lord with RoK. Continue reading “Food, and more…”

Finally!

It has been two months since our church had to leave the building we had been using for several years, and after a long wait we finally had our first service in the church’s new building on 3rd July.

Continue reading “Finally!”

Patience

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.”

Galatians 5:22-23

Continue reading “Patience”

The missing piece

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”

Ta Pastrojmë Kosovën – Clean Up Kosova

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”

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