February 13-23 we will make a groundbreaking trip to a new country on the Balkan peninsula – Kosovo.
Located at the center of the Balkans in southeastern Europe and bordered by Serbia, Albania, Montenegro and Macedonia, Kosovo has long been a disputed territory, for ethnic, religious, and cultural reasons.
Since the start of the Yugoslav Wars in 1991, Christians in Kosovo have been undergoing intense persecution. The violence against them reached its peak with the March 2004 pogroms, during which 935 homes and some 30 Orthodox churches and monasteries were burned, leaving approximately 4,000 people displaced.
Most Christians in Kosovo are ethnic Serbs, and they are the minority in that region. They live in segregated neighborhoods which are open-air prisons from which they cannot get out without risking a skirmish. They are regularly attacked, looted and pushed to leave. They live in great poverty; they are systematically discriminated against.
Serbian Christians are excluded from the health system of Kosovo. They can only go to a Serbian hospital, in the north of the province, or to another, in the south.
Our mission to Kosovo has the goal of strengthening the local evangelical church and equipping them to meet the needs of the Serb Christians but also to share the light of the Gospel with the Albanian Muslims who are the majority in Kosovo.
Medical missions, evangelism, meeting the needs of the poor and equipping local pastors and Christian leaders for more effective ministry will be the main areas of the outreach.
We will spend most of the time in Pristina, the capital city of Kosovo. Kosovo does not currently have travel restrictions except requiring a negative PCT test taken within 72 hours or rapid test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival.
If you have a heart to help the persecuted church and evangelize Kosovo, to help those who are in need or take a part in a medical clinic to meet the physical needs of the people who have no access to medical care, we have a spot for you on the team.