February 18-28 we will make a groundbreaking trip to Pristina, Kosovo (the smallest country in the Balkans) to partner with the Protest Evangelical Church of Pristina under the leadership of Pastor Artur. Kosovo is a Muslim country where the majority of the population are Ethnic Albanians who are Muslim and the minority are Serbians who are Orthodox Christians. Our partner Pastor Artur is the son of the first Albanian convert to evangelical Christianity. He was saved through reading a Bible. He started the church in Pristina 35 years ago and this is the church that we will partner with. Today this church holds a very prominent position among the evangelical churches in Kosovo, and was the home church of the last US ambassador. Even though Kosovo is a Muslim country, it is very pro-American. They have gained independence and peace due to American involvement. Most people in Kosovo speak English. Very few missionaries have come to Kosovo. The local church needs our help and support. They experience difficulties and persecution and need our support and encouragement.
Together with our partner church we will hold evangelistic meetings, children’s and youth ministry, women’s ministry, outreach in Roma (gypsy) communities and medical missions. The medical clinic plays an important part in evangelism because it will bring into the church people who would not come otherwise. Pastor Artur mentioned that the church tries to reach out to people in low-income areas. He anticipates many of them coming to the clinic. In addition to medical services, we plan to provide a soup kitchen to serve them hot meals.
If you have a specific calling in one of these areas or a heart for Eastern Europe – we still have spots open on this team. We need people who have a heart for kids and youth and are ready to engage them with games, sports, but also the Word of God and spiritual mentoring. We need women who have a desire to pour into women who are mistreated by the Muslim culture, and we need those gifted in intercessory prayer.
Even though we are visiting Kosovo in the middle of winter, the average temperatures during this time of the year are in the mid-40s. It could be colder at night.
As always, one day will be reserved for exploring the sites and the cultural heritage of Kosovo, sampling local foods and souvenir shopping. Pristina is rich with architectural monuments, museums and other sites that will help you connect with the country and better understand its people.
Please let us know ASAP if you feel called to minister in Kosovo.