Nathan and Miranda, along with their two little girls, 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 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 the people who are unemployed. The political situation in this newest 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 1990’s 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, leading the children’s ministry there and Nathan is part of the worship team. In the community, they are volunteering with a non-profit youth Tech Center, as well as pursuing several project and business endeavors. They are building relationships and working toward further opportunities.
- 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.
We are excited to see how God will continue to move through Nathan & Miranda while they are ministering in Kosovo.