August 27th 2014 06:20:59 PM
So it was a refreshing change to hear that some Christian help was going to Kosovo’s Christians rather than Muslims. Reader Nancy Gael, who “almost fainted” when she read this, called Hendrix College, a Methodist school in Little Rock, Arkansas, to thank them. One supposes it’s a bit poetic that the help is coming from Little Rock given that’s the origin of the governor who became the president who destroyed Kosovo Christianity.
CONWAY, Ark. (June 3, 2014) – Nine Hendrix students began their summer traveling to Kosovo on a mission trip sponsored by the Hendrix - Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics and Calling.
Through a partnership with International Orthodox Christian Charities, students spent 10 days in Kosovo working to construct a youth recreation center with local Kosovar villagers and helping with infrastructure projects like drainage canals and freshwater wells. They volunteered at Majka Devet Jugovića, a soup kitchen and the vineyards at Visoki Dečani Monastery. Students also had the opportunity to visit ancient Serbian Monasteries dating back to the 14th century.
“We were able to work side-by-side with our Serbian hosts, whether by weeding vegetable fields, splitting wood, or picking up litter,” said Dr. Peter Gess, director of the Hendrix Odyssey and international programs and politics professor, who was the faculty advisor for the trip…
“We had a great experience working with the Serbian minority communities in Kosovo. Many of the villages are self-described enclaves totally surrounded by Albanian Kosovars. In many cases the Serbs are not able to find work or trade goods in the larger Albanian communities,” Gess said. “It was indeed eye-opening to see so much discrimination in modern-day Europe.”
“We had an unforgettable time touring some of the country’s 14th century monasteries, tasting some of its local specialties, and experiencing its strong sense of community,” said Neelam Vyas…Students overcame the language barrier through “a lot of hand gestures and laughter,” said Vyas. “These moments made me appreciate the people of Kosovo in a much deeper way.” […]
Contrast the students of this little college with the Ivy League geniuses who in flattering cooperation with the Albanian side in 2012 went to Kosovo to tend to a dilapidated Jewish cemetery, which ended up getting desecrated a few weeks later.