TEN partners with churches in Kosovo who are working towards demonstrating the love and reconciliation that God brings in this war-torn land. We support our Kosovan partners as they serve the poor and share the love of Jesus.
Some of the ways they currently help include providing aid and friendship with refugees, serving cities by clearing rubbish and cleaning the river, running Christian summer camps for young people, and providing biblical teaching within a predominantly Muslim society.
Our Partners in Kosovo
Artur and Brikena Krasniqi
Fellowship of the Lord’s People
Please pray for the family unit within Kosovo, there is a very skewed demographic and a lack of older people to mentor younger generations.
Pray for the economic welfare of Kosovo, the country is very poor and many people live in abject poverty. Pray for government leaders and key decision makers as they work to change the fortunes of their nation.
The aftermath of Balkan Wars have left a mark on Kosovo; pray that people will find restoration and forgiveness towards their attackers.
Please pray for the delicate Christian – Muslim relationships, Islam is the prominent religion in Kosovo and Christians are sometimes met with hostility.
Refugees across Kosovo remain in dire situations; please pray that they will find a sense of home and community within church-life.
Please pray for the church in Kosovo, of which there are few. They suffer persecution and can be isolated in their work.
Pray for new leaders, church plants and a more expansive Christian witness across Kosovo. Also pray that Kosovan leaders trained abroad will return to Kosovo rather than remaining in the relative luxury of Western countries.
Pray for the planning and preparation for Impact Kosovo 2018
The history of Kosovo is long and convoluted. During the Balkan War, back at the beginning of the 20th century, Kosovo was split between Serbia and Montenegro. Following WWII, Kosovo became part of Tito’s communist regime and an autonomous region of Serbia. Problems escalated within Kosovo, over the following decades, with conflict between the Serbs and Albanians. When communism ended in 1989, conflicts increased as the Muslim Albanians sought to reclaim what they considered to be their country. In the meantime, the Orthodox Serbs remained determined to keep the land of Kosovo, which is home to an important battleground during the advance of the Ottoman Empire in 1389.
The conflict reached a crisis point in 1999, when Serbia tried to make roads towards gaining complete control. Unfortunately, this led to an estimated one million refugees fleeing their homeland – some of whom have still not returned today. It was only with NATO’s intervention that Milosevic agreed to a foreign military presence in Kosovo and the withdrawal of his troops.
In February 2008 Kosovo declared independence from Serbia. To date, only 72 of the 192 United Nations countries have officially recognised Kosovo, but more are added to this number on a monthly basis.
Kosovo is one of the poorest economies in Europe, with deprived economic policies, international sanctions; weak access to external trade and finance, and ethnic conflict severely damaged the economy. Demographics show that around 32% of the population is below 15 years of age, and only around 6.5% of the population live to over 65 years of age. There are still thousands living in ‘temporary’ accommodation, after fleeing the country in 1999 and returning to find their homes gone. Kosovo is a nation shaped by Orthodox Serb and Muslim Albanian conflict; however, it is a country slowly on the mend.