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”
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 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 year has flown by so quickly! One of the first things we were involved in when we started serving with the church full-time was renovate and open King’s Café. Continue reading “King’s Café first birthday party”
The Easter weekend was a busy one for us as we, like most churches, had extra services to prepare for, and in the run up to Easter Helen was also given the opportunity to be creative and design the publicity for the joint service on Sunday afternoon at the Cultural Palace in the centre of town. Continue reading “Urime Pashka – Happy Easter”
Today we finished a two week study on the life of Joseph (Genesis 37-50) with our youth cell group. Continue reading “Youth Cell Group – The life of Joseph”
Thank you for praying for the situation with the stairs and balcony to enter the church. We have heard this morning that the municipality have granted us an extension to the deadline to remove the stairs and balcony while we find an alternative way to enter the church. Praise God!
Please continue to pray that we will find a solution to the issue before the new deadline and that it will not adversely affect attendance at the church or trade at King’s Cafe.
8th March every year is International Women’s Day and in Kosova it is celebrated much like Mother’s Day in the UK. The supermarkets are full of plants and flowers and everyone is being encouraged to do something special not only for their mother but for the other important women in their life. Continue reading “International Women’s Day”
We’d like to share with you an urgent prayer request regarding our church here.
Last week we had a visit from the municipality inspectors who told us that the stairs and balcony that serve as our entrance to the church and cafe are illegally built and we have until tomorrow to take them down.
These stairs are the only way we can get into our building at the moment (we are on the first floor above some shops) and if these stairs are removed we will have to find another way in or find another place for the church.
Our Pastor, Jeton, is meeting with municipality officials and the landlord today to request an alternative course of action.
What to pray:
1. For God’s favour in the meeting today.
2. To find a way to legalize the stairs and the balcony or special permission to use them from the municipality
3. Favor with the inspectors/officials so we could have a longer deadline before removing the steps.
Ilir (guitar and voice), Helen (piano and voice), Flora (voice)