Let the little children come to me…

One of the greatest joys in Kosovo is working with children.  We have so many opportunities to work with children daily, through English classes, through church, and through our work with Roma children.  These children bring us great joy and allow us to experience the love of Jesus in new and fresh ways every single day.  Here are just a few photos of some of the kids we work with from the last few months:

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Raising up leaders

One of the most important responsibilities we have in Kosovo is training leaders to lead the church in Kosovo.  One of the main ways that we do this is through Theological Education.  European Nazarene College has a Learning Center in Albania/Kosovo and Gil is the coordinator of this Learning Center.  This means he schedules professors and classes, helps get students enrolled, and makes sure they are being mentored.  Gil also teaches several classes a year (including Spiritual Formation and Introduction to the Old Testament), along with many other administrative duties.  Sarah had the chance to teach a class (Pastoral Care and Counseling) this year, as well.  Here are some pictures from the last year in theological education:

 

 

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Seeds of hope

We feel very blessed to live in the small town of Suhareka.  People here are so hospitable and kind here, always willing to stop and have a cup of coffee with you.  We’ve been especially blessed to be part of the Greenhouse Project here, empowering families to move toward self-sustainability.  Here’s a few pictures of families that are part of the Greenhouse Project:

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Spring is Here!

I am so grateful for the beautiful spring weather!!  Everything seems to be so full of life with the coming of spring!  This winter and spring have been full of lots of fun, such as:

Celebrating Aria’s first birthday with friends,

Spending many special moments with friends,

Lots of fun playing in the snow,

And then enjoying beautiful spring weather,

Seeing God work in amazing ways through the Greenhouse Project,

Celebrating Easter at church and with English class kids,

Engaging in a new work of helping to get kids who are not in school ready to be enrolled in school,

Seeing God work through Theological Education, including a fun trip to Budapest for a TE conference,

And waiting with eager anticipation for the Prishtina Ministry Center to be completed.

We continue to be so grateful to be part of how God is working in Kosovo.  He is good!

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Christmas Fun

December has been a fun month for us with lots of celebrating Christmas.  Here are a couple highlights:

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English Class Kids

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English Class Kids

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English class Christmas party

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Adult English class

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Women’s gathering

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Christmas party fun

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Malachi reading Scripture in Albanian

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Traditional men’s gathering

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Kids from our team

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English class party

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Christmas worship service

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Merry Christmas from the Thibaults!

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Enjoying Albanian hospitality

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Kosovo Greenhouse Project

A super exciting thing that we are doing in Kosovo right now is the Kosovo Greenhouse Project.  Through a partnership with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, we are helping families to construct greenhouses on their property.  The purpose of this project is threefold:  to increase the amount and diversity of the food supply for the family who receives the greenhouse, to increase the income for that family through their sales of the produce at the market, and to enable the families to impact their neighborhoods by giving produce to their impoverished neighbors.  We are currently constructing our third greenhouse for the year and are hoping to complete a fourth one before the end of summer.  Here are some pictures of the greenhouses:

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Our Family!

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Gil, Sarah, Megan, Malachi and Aria Thibault

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