Jordan and Jenny are serving as missionaries to Kosovo with their son Nyle (3), and new baby boy arriving November 2020. God first drew us into international missions in 2012, and we have served short and mid-term in Asia and the Balkans. Our heart is to see the young people of Kosovo come to know the hope and transformation that is found in Jesus.
Kosovo is Muslim country in the Balkans, formerly part of Yugoslavia. In 1999, the U.S. intervened to stop violence and ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. Because of this, American people have unique access and favor in Kosovo. There are very few Jesus-following Christians in Kosovo (less than 1% among the majority people group), and it is hard to make the step to profess Christ. Christianity is also associated with Serbian Orthodoxy, and painful memories of ethnic cleansing. Despite these challenges, it seems clear that “the fields are white for harvest”. (John 4:35) There is remarkable openness to hearing and learning about the gospel.
Kosovo is a young country: Half of its population of two million is under 25. Opportunities are limited, and students are curious and motivated to better themselves and learn about the outside world. What does that mean for us? Students are eager to sit down for coffee with us, and hear the whole gospel.
Our Vision & Plan
Our plan is to found a gospel-focused coffee shop that is accessible to students in the capital city, Pristina. Through this welcoming space, we hope to build meaningful relationships and encourage conversations about the gospel. Our goal is to provide connection to the gospel through three primary paths:
1. Intentional everyday interactions. Staff would be equipped and enabled to look for ways to connect with students in gospel-centered conversations.
2. Structured events: Educational outreaches (teaching camera skills, music, or art), music nights, discussion nights, and bible studies, discussion nights, music nights. These could be led by coffee shop staff, short-term volunteers or gospel-focused local believers from local churches or organizations.
3. Establishing a reputation as a genuine, accessible place that students can go if they have questions about Jesus, or would like to learn more about the gospel.
What We Need
• Prayer! God is the only one who can open eyes to the truth.
• Partners: We are looking for humble and mature believers to join us working in Kosovo.
• Financial Support:
$18,000 for Silva Family support in 2021
$6,000 for a ministry vehicle
$50,000 for coffee shop build-out and startup
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