Friday, July 25, 2014

Slow to speak, quick to listen

You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger;  for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.
James 1:19-20 NRSV

I need to take this verse and put it in a prominent place because I need this verse every day. Trials come and go but when practicing this verse while you are going through the trial, God gives you the ability to listen and understand what He is teaching you. Be encouraged by this verse today! 

We have been very busy and very encouraged this past month. We have had several visitors from all over, Finland, Italy, Romania, America, Ireland, and Greece. It has been a pleasure to meet all of you and for you to see a little of the ministry here in Albania! We are especially grateful that our friend Julie came all the way from America to work with us on the mission field. It has been hard but she has been a great encourager the whole time for us and others! 

We have several updates to tell you about. Klara, her mom Mara and sister Kejsi were able to worship with us several times in Durres and Kavaje. Klara is still very sick and her skin and eyes look very jaundiced. She has a rare blood disorder and needs a bone marrow transplant. She is visiting Albania and her family for the summer and she will return to Italy in September for more blood transfusions and treatments. We were very excited to be able to spend some time with them. Please pray for Klara and her family.

Julie absolutely fell in love with Hekuran. We were able to go and visit him several times. Thank all of you for your prayers and support for Hekuran. He is now 5 months old. He is still very little and weak. His stomach is having a hard time keeping down the formula that we are buying for him. We will try something else to help him. We have bought him cloth diapers because his mom was going all day keeping him in the same disposable diaper. Now they will be able to wash them and not have to buy disposable ones. Hekuran gets very little attention and when we go we always pick him up and sing to him. Julie even got him to smile! Please continue to pray for Hekuran. 

A BIG Praise! We were able to find a small room for our Kids club in Kavaje! Now the children don't have to be out in the sun. The room was very dirty and filled with broken bricks and we had to clean it up, but the children were very glad to help us! We are glad that God answers prayers fast! Thank you for your prayers for this! 
This is Emilian he is 5 years old. When he came to kids club this week he wasn't wearing shoes and wearing winter clothes because that was all he had. He had a big cut on the bottom of his foot. We had one pair of extra shoes that someone had given us and they were the right size for him! Thank you God for providing! We wish that we had more kids shoes to share with the children because half of them come without shoes.

We have been praying a lot for a spiritual change in our Women's Bible study on Thursday mornings. With the help of God I (Stefanie) have been leading Women's Bible study with the help of Shpresa. Now the Women are opening up and sharing their hearts and lives with us. We have a great time of laughing and crying together! Please continue to pray for the spiritual growth of these women. 

Please continue to pray for the old home. The director of the old home is still not allowing us to do a service there. We still do go and visit and pray with the residents and give them a snack. We pray that the director will allow us to have a service there again soon. Here is a picture of Stefanie with Flamuri one of the residents. 

Update on Building: We are still in the process of raising funds for our new building. We have raised $6,000! Yea Go God! We still have a long way to go to meet our goal of $50,000. Please help! Even as little as $10 per month would help us out tremendously! Please pray that we will be able to raise the funds. If you would like to donate see the donate button via paypal or the donate address below to send a check. If you have any questions please email us.

Praises/ Prayers:         
*Funding of a new Church home for us.    
*Pray that more people would open their hearts to help us serve and grow Albania for Christ.   

We would love to hear from you! God bless!

Serving in His name,
Arian & Stefanie Kosta
Address: L3 Rr Egnatia AP:1043 Durres, Albania   

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Donation address: Make check to McDonough Christian Church
McDonough Christian Church, Attn: Lisa Thomas-Albania building Fund, 2000 Jonesboro Rd. McDonough, Ga 30253


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