March 16th 2008 05:48:39 PM
From something called Mission Network News, based in Michigan:
…While northern border areas are seeing unrest, the rest of Kosovo is enjoying their new freedom, says Keith who’s partnering with Send International. [Keith?]
“The majority of Kosovars are extremely happy. They’ve waited a long time for this. In recent histories they’ve been waiting three generations for independence.”
Keith is helping with a church-planting and evangelism ministry in mostly-Muslim Kosovo. He says the war in 1998-99 provided many opportunities for outreach. “800,000 refugees went into Albania and Macedonia. For those who went into Albania, the first people to help them was a fledging Christian church in Albania. So for a Muslim people group to hear the Gospel was a big surprise.” [Good Christians. Helping Muslims instead of the Christians they were killing.]
Many came to Christ as a result of that outreach. Keith says there are many evangelical churches in Kosovo. However, he believes Kosovo’s independence will provide more opportunities. “One of the key phrases in this whole declaration is that Kosovo is ‘New Born.’ I think there’s the opportunity for the new birth of a godly nation.”
Kosovo’s declaration has done little to fix high unemployment and other social issues. Keith says, “My hope is that people will pray and that the hope that these people are seeking right now, they’ll realize that this world doesn’t really offer what they’re looking for,” and they’ll find it in Christ. [Sure it does: Serb-killing. You can’t get that in heaven!]
In the meantime, Keith is asking people to pray for their camping ministry that reaches out to people of all ages. He’s praying it can be a place to help develop Christian leaders for the church and that eventually he’ll be able to turn it over to the Kosovar church.
Here is what it says on the ‘about’ page for SEND International (emphasis mine):
“Helping you make an eternal impact for God through world missions!”
SEND’s purpose is to glorify God through establishing the church of Jesus Christ where it does not exist and serving it where it does exist.
So only after all but 100,000-some Christians were cleansed or killed out of Kosovo, these missionaries got to work! While their Orthodox brethren were living in wire-encircled camps beyond which they dared not tread and weren’t able to afford the most basic medications for their children, this group did not see any “opportunities” in Kosovo.
Certainly the harder thing would have been to raise awareness of the conditions under which their Christian brethren were living, which could have helped prevent the impending continuation of the cleansing of non-Albanian Christians from Kosovo via independence.
A sidebar to this alert reads:
Call to Action:
Pray for the establishment of strong churches in Kosovo. [As opposed to trying to preserve the landmark ones from being destroyed by Albanians. …After 400 Saudi- and UAE-financed mosques have gone up in their stead.]