Nathan and Miranda, along with their little girl and another on the way, have been living in the country of Kosovo since September 2014.
Kosovo is a small Balkan country, the population of which is primarily of Albanian ethnicity. The newest country in Europe, it only gained its independence in 2008 following a difficult conflict in 1999. Currently, Kosovo is the also the poorest country in Europe. The economic situation in Kosovo is very difficult. There are not a lot of options for the 40%+ of people who are unemployed. The political situation in this new nation is precariously balanced.
The main religion of Kosovo is Islam, although the extent to which it is practiced varies by family. The Kosovar Albanians are still considered an ‘unreached people group’. The first Evangelical church was founded in the ‘60s, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that there were more than two evangelical churches in Kosovo. Now there are around 30. The Christian community is very small, and very young in faith. Most believers are first-generation Christians.
Nathan and Miranda are involved with a church in their city and volunteering with a small organization, Lift Kosova, which is currently funding water wells, scholarships for girls, and shoe distributions. They are building relationships in the community and looking for further opportunities for open doors.
- To see souls and communities among the Kosovar Albanians redeemed by the Gospel
- To be a support in ministry and discipleship to the local church
- To be Biblical examples of what a Christ-glorifying marriage, work life, and church life can be
- To follow the opportunities that God provides to demonstrate His compassion through practical ministry.
“Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.”
– Psalm 96:2-3
Thank you for helping to support what God is doing among the Kosovar people. You are a vital part of seeing His glory established in this nation.