news from macedonia
The Lord began to impress in our hearts several years ago about going into FYROM (The Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia) to check out the situation of ministry happenings there. We began going over several times a year to build relationships and see how we might could serve the people there in any way needed.
We ended up supporting a pastor in a large Roma village that is majority Muslim, to begin a work but under severe persecution and even threats to his family, he felt he could not continue. We were discouraged, but continued to look for partnership and leaders that were ready to take on the challenge.
Last year, we began meeting with and getting to know a pastor named Vlaste Petrushevski and his wife, Svetlana. They are more affectionately known and Pastor Lucky and Svetia. He and his assistant pastor with tears in their eyes said, "You do not know how much we have prayed for someone to come help us." We knew it was a connection God had put in motion.
We went with a group from CBC Yorkshire for a week in April encouraging the pastor and building a stronger relationship, then Chance, Lyubcho, Chad and Stanimir all went for a weekend in May for a leadership training event. On that weekend it was decided that Pastor Lucky would be the new director of a new church plant project there, with Pastor Lyubcho and Chance overseeing.
As of last weekend, June 17th, Pastor Lucky has signed a contract to begin receiving a small donation each month to travel and look for potential church plants. We know of 2-3 that will begin in September and he is also in the process of interviewing other leaders.
Please pray for this project:
*for Lucky and his family as they step out in faith in this new position. He has elderly parents in need of care.
*for the new leaders and church plants that are starting this year
*for the funds to support the director and the new churches for this two year commitment. We are stepping out in faith for this project and are praying for partner churches and believers to help make this happen. It's God's work and we trust Him to provide.
Help God Develop:
Knowing God -We want to help develop people's faith in a loving God and to become loving persons with successful relationships with others. We desire for people to become Kingdom minded and exchange selfish behavior (pride) for selfless behavior (humility). Our desire is for people to live in the freedom through Christ that He provides and to manifest the fruit of the Spirit in their lives.
Image- We want to thoroughly develop people with a true image of their identity in Christ. This image will help to develop a Christian worldview, a sound theology, a strong knowledge of the Bible, and the ability to use the Bible in their everyday walk in life and ministry. Our desire is to develop wisdom, discernment, a strong stance on truth which provides an unwavering faith and a resistance to false teaching and doctrine.
Teaching Others- We want to develop people that can successfully teach others and for them to have the ability to: lead and pastor others, teach effectively, disciple others, and evangelism. Spiritual growth is never complete when it only benefits us. We are created to give love through serving others.