Friday, December 19, 2014

Stand Firm

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58

 This verse came to me very clearly while we were visiting in the States these past two months. Sometimes I feel like when we are in the States we are wasting time by not being on the mission field and that our work is in vain.  Even in the states we don't waste any time! We visited 10 churches and some of them twice, in the 10 weeks we were there all the way from Florida to Virginia. We enjoyed church services, bible studies, and even a women's Christmas dinner. It was great to worship and speak at many churches. We appreciate the hospitality that we received at every church. We also thank all of the families that hosted us or let us stay with them as we were traveling. Now that we are back home, with the Christmas season here we are working hard to get everything accomplished. We are very thankful for the Elders and Deacons here that kept things running while we were away. 

Update on the building: While we were in the states we were able to raise some funds for our Church home. We now have a total of $14,000! Yea God! We are still needing individuals, small groups, or Sunday school classes to buy a meter. You can buy a meter for $100 or even split it up into so much per month. You can donate through paypal at the donate button on this site or write a check to the address below. 
Please pray for the following things: 
*The owner to give us a great price for the land and building. 
*The owner to work with us to do a lease purchase (not common at all in Albania! but God can do it!)
*Us to raise the rest of the funds needed.

A great blessing while we were in the States, Arian was asked to preach at the Colonial Hills Church of Christ in Norfolk, Virginia. It was a great honor for him to be asked to preach. He was nervous of course preaching in English, but did a great job! 

At the Huntsville Space Center
We were able to bring Arian's parents to the States for the first time as well. They were with us for almost three weeks. We took them to see many places and we drug them along to churches while we were there. Arian's dad especially liked the churches. Arian's parents are not believers and didn't attend church before. Now since they have been home they have been attend church for four Sundays in a row! It was nice to be able to worship with them the past Sunday. Pray for their salvation.  

"I need a bathroom." While we were having church services this week a sweet member of the church in Kavaje, Vathja who never asks for anything told us the story about not having a bathroom. She said please pray that I will get a bathroom. She doesn't want indoor pluming. She only wants an outhouse set up outside. She has been living for a longtime with out a bathroom in her house. We think that for $300 we could build her a good outhouse. I can't imagine not having a bathroom especially one in the house. Please pray that we can get the money to help her and her family with this need. 

Praises/ Prayers:         
*Funding of a new Church home for us.

*Pray that more will come to Christ here in Albania.
*Praise the plane flight back was great with David and he is finally over all his sickness.     
*Pray for Vathja and her family to get a bathroom. 

Merry Christmas! God bless!

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

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Donation address (tax deductable): 
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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