Friday, August 29, 2014

Albania | DTS

God is waiting on you to say YES! Don't put limits on God's plan for your life! Can you imagine your life marked for destiny that changes nations? Five months can change the rest of your life!
Dare to be a Disciple! 
 With the commitment to bless the Nations by preparing a new generation of leaders, co-workers and missionaries in God’s Kingdom according to 2Tim2/2, “Youth With a Mission”, YWAM Albania, would like to announce the next:   
 “Discipleship Training School”, DTS, on JANUARY 19th, 2015

DTS is one of the schools offered by YWAM’s University of Nations, designed as a full time residential training program, for students from different nations, who want to commit five months of their lives to know God more deeply and to learn how to make Him known.
This school has been running in Albania since 1993 aiming to challenge, encourage and train the students to cultivate a living personal relationship with God, to identify and grow in God’s gifts and call for them and to use those gifts while serving in the local church or in the mission field.

Starting date                January 19th, 2015
Ending date                 June 19th, 2015 
Focus:                          Leadership Development and Missions  
Location:                      Durres
Lecture phase              3 months
Outreach phase           2 months in the Balkan Region
School Fees                 1700 Euro
Languages:                  English and Albanian

Please contact us by email for further information: or mobile (+355) 069 40 30 674, 068 30 43 507 or check out our new webpage

In Christ
Alma and Alket Sako
DTS Albania Leaders

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian floods | Two stories from Serbia

At the YWAM Central European conference held in Vajta in May, an offering was taken up for the flood victims. YWAM Serbia and YWAM Bosnia Herzegovina split it between them, and they will both be using it to help people affected by the flooding directly.  You can see some of the stories from Bosnia Herzegovina here. Below are two stories from Serbia. Thank-you everyone for contributing to help these people in their time of need!

Nebojša & Dragica from Požega

Nebojša and his wife Dragica are refugees from Kosovo who moved into Serbia after the Albanian forces leveled the entire village they used to live in. They live in Požega near a river that rose 5 meters in 4 hours in the middle of the night with no warning. Nebojša said that he just had enough time to go and warn his sleeping neighbors and carry them and one lady to safety before the water was too high to go back. Below is Nebojša with Chris from YWAM Serbia:
He told us in tears that this is the second time in his life that everything has been destroyed and he has had to start again from nothing. While his neighbors are promised new houses from the Serbian government, as a refugee from Kosovo, he is given nothing. Since the flooding happened he has been working hard with little bits that he has been given to build a new house before the winter sets in.
We gave him a gift to buy a door for one room of his house so that he can finish that one room (above) to keep warm for his wife and himself in the winter.

Please continue to keep this and other families affected by the floods in your prayers, especially as more rain keeps falling, causing flash floods and destroying more homes all over the country.

A farming family in Bajina Bašta

The second story is about a farmer's family living along a little river in Bajina Bašta which is located near the river Drina. On the other side of the river you will find the Republic of Srpska, one of the two entities that make up Bosnia Heryegovina. The family Matić exists of father Nebojša, mother Ljiljana and their daughters Nevena, Angelina, son Čedomir and grandma Olga.
They received us in their home and while we were drinking a cup of strong home-made coffee, they told their story about the recent flood.
Nebojša is a former professional basketball player who invested all his money in a farm along the little river (above). He had pigs and chickens and quite a bit of machinery in the barn. Suddenly (overnight) the little peaceful river changed into an everything-destroying-wild-big river. It wiped the whole barn away, completely up to the outside wall of their house(below).
They want to start the farm all over again, which will cost about 40.000 euro. They asked us if we could help them with this. This was way beyond our ability, but we said we could help them with some money to make their outside wall of their house disaster ”proof”. They were encouraged by this. We said goodbye, happy that we could help them at least a little bit, but at the same time we feel overwhelmed by their need. Can you continue to pray for this family.

- Andrew Vaughan and Chris Klop
YWAM Serbia