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Profile du pays : Kosovo / Kosova

Kosovo

COUNTRY PROFILE

Lying adjacent to Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro,  Kosovo was the southern-most province of Serbia, until its self-declared independence in February 2008. This small land-locked country of 2 million people has agricultural lowlands fringed by dramatic mountains. Cradle in medieval times of Serbian culture and religion, Kosovo like most of the Balkans was later subject to 500 years of Ottoman Turkish occupation. Dominated by ethnic Albanians for generations,  Kosovo has been the subject of many bitter conflicts, most recently in 1999. This devastated the economy and infrastructure, and left a deep ethnic divide. The United Nations and European Union have struggled to address these issues as the nation slowly rebuilds. Kosovo  is  now 90% Albanian. The other  10%  is made up of Serbs and other ethnic groups, but all the population pride themselves on their traditional warmth and hospitality. The legacy of Turkish culture can still be felt in food, music, dance and language. Life moves slowly, and family and relationships are still the hub of society.

FROM RELIGION TO FAITH

Kosovo Albanians are predominantly Muslim, with this identity becoming stronger since the 1999 conflict and independence. There is also a small Albanian Catholic minority. Mother Theresa is an iconic figure for many Albanians. The Kosovo Serbs are Orthodox, and several of the holiest sites in Serbian Orthodoxy are in Kosovo. Since 1999, about 1000 Kosovo Albanians have become evangelical believers, and many churches are led by national pastors. Although evangelical believers have the same legal status as Muslims, Orthodox and Catholics, the church as a whole remains small and under pressure.

OM KOSOVO

Directly following the war in 1999, OM began bringing love and hope to the broken land of Kosovo. Previous teams have participated in some exciting projects of rebuilding and beginning relationships with both Serbs and Albanians. OM currently serves in two of the largest cities, with outreaches to surrounding villages.

 

The Dukagjini Region of Kosovo lies alongside the Rugova and Nemuna mountains bordering Montenegro. There has been an OM team in this area since 1999. The current team works to start and grow local evangelical fellowships, with the vision of empowering these groups to bring the Good News to every village and city of Kosovo. The team also seeks to minister to the marginalized and oppressed by providing microbusiness training, holistic counselling and life skills education for survivors of abuse and violence in the home.

 

Pristina

OM Arts in Kosovo, based in the capital city, Pristina, has a wide-reaching vision: 1) To build God’s music scene in Kosovo and create a vibrant Biblical community for artists 2) To unify the Body of Christ around the nation through creative action 3) To use the gifts and talents of God's people to transform Kosovo through cultural renewal. 

One current initiative is staging concert-tours of Kosovar cities including both local and international artists working together with local churches in each city. Other strategies include running art training camps, occasional workshops, local street outreaches, and music lessons. In the future we also hope to provide musical instruments to talented people in our classes who cannot afford to buy them, and develop a quality studio. 

We are also working on opening a full time venue, designed to reach the youth of Kosovo in an environment that they can connect with. This would double as a music and art training centre during the week, offering lessons in various artistic disciplines, such as visual arts, performing arts, music, etc. This venue could also be used as a concert venue/Christian club on the weekends, as well as for hosting galleries and working together with other local ministries who would like to use our centre for events.

Gallerie photo de mission
Kosovo

Kosovo :: Kosovar girls dance in traditional Albanian dresses for a festival
Kosovo :: Participants, in the singing workshop of OM Pristinas arts camp 2014, perform their last song on the night.
Kosovo :: Participants in OM Pristinas arts camp 2014 spend time outside, drawing.
Kosovo :: A Brazilian dancer performs before a Kosovar crowd for the OM Arts tour in Kosovo
Kosovo :: Brazilian dancer, Mariana dances with her hands and feet tied together like a puppet, in a dramatic version of Max Lucados book You are Special
Kosovo :: Brazilian dancer, Mariana dances before a Kosovar crowd, communicating freedom in Christ from others judgements.
Kosovo :: During the 2014 OM Pristina Arts Camp, participants from the guitar workshop performed on the final night.
Kosovo :: During the 2014 OM Pristina Arts Camp, participants learned a choreographed dance in their daily workshop and performed it on the final night.
Kosovo :: With the help of the OM team, a widow and her five children moved out of a poor community housing and into their own house.
Kosovo :: Evening view of the Rugova Mountains of Kosovo
Kosovo :: A survivor of abuse in the Balkans knits to support herself and her children.
Kosovo :: OMer distributes Christmas boxes to children in her weekly kids meeting in Kosovo.

Histoires récentes
Kosovo

A true dream

After losing some vital documents, a new believer in Kosovo prays to God for help finding them—and He answers in...

A widow's 50 cents

After obeying God's prompting to give more than she could afford to a church collection, a widow and new believer...

Special in Kosova

Do others’ opinions of us define our worth? What gives us value? OM Arts asks these questions across Kosovo through...

New soil

Forty-three Kosovar youth plus five days of art camp equals creative sowing for the Kingdom by OM Arts in Kosovo.

Feeding murderers

An OMer shares her experience delivering food packages in Kosovo, as she encounters a family involved in a blood feud.

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Opportunités récentes
Kosovo

Church Planting

If you want to be part of an amazing transforming project in the heart of the Europe in a Muslim-majority...

Date de départ : Dès que possible
· Durée d'engagement : 3+ ans
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Counsellor

Are you a professional counsellor? Do you have a strong desire to use your counselling gifts to assist the Body...

Date de départ : Dès que possible
· Durée d'engagement : 2-3 ans
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Man-to-Man Outreach with Aggressors

Are you a man? Do you seek restoration in our world in the area of human trafficking and family violence?...

Date de départ : Dès que possible
· Durée d'engagement : 2-3 ans
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