Monday, October 26, 2015

Jealousy an acceptable sin.....

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Philippians 2:3-4

We have many blessings to count and no time for jealousy here, even though it sneaks up in the church from time to time. Jealousy comes in the smallest forms and turns in to envy. I really like this quote above and I will lead people to counting their blessings instead of looking at others. 

Matt Scott preaching Juli translating
A church full in Kavaje
Group photo at the Old Home
Diane encouraging Miri
We are truly blessed! We spent a wonderful 10 days with six of our most cherished mentors. Mike and Lisa Thomas, Mac and Diane McClintock, Dennis Temple, and Matt Scott sacrificed time and work to come spend a week with us. They dove into helping us with the ministry head first. We didn't even give them time to worry about jet lag! Their encouragement and advice we truly cherish! We thank God for these wonderful co-workers helping us to advance the kingdom of God here in Albania. We are also thankful for Colonial Hills Church of Christ who sent lots of craft supplies and Crosspoint Christian Church that sent shoes for the children we serve in Kavaje. Thank you very much! 
A dinner with Dr. Nikolla
Cheese! Mac and David
The children in Kavaje singing to the group

Dennis' new buddy David


Things are going great with the English Classes at the church in Durres. Stefanie has started a beginners English and intermediate English class on Thursday night. The average is about 6 students in each class. All the students are new to the church. 
Mamisa and Enes

Stefanie is still working with the babies in Kavaje. We are thankful for Hickory Valley Christian Church and the women's group for their support and help in this new project. Stefanie and Shpresa go together on Wednesday and encourage the moms and invite them to church. Hekuron's mom Ana has been coming to church in Kavaje for the past three weeks. We are very excited about this! 

Praises and Prayer Requests: 
*We had two families give birth to babies this month. The babies and families are doing well. Pictures to come soon! 
*We are growing out of our building in Kavaje. We had 30 in church this past week and 12 of them were children. We are excited that whole families are coming to church. We praise God for the growth and pray that he will provide all that we need for this growth. 
*Our family will be gaining another Kosta in April. Stefanie is in her 3rd month of pregnancy. We are praying for a little girl.  
*Pray for strength and unity in our staff and growth of the Kingdom of God here in Albania. 

We covet your prayers, encouragement, support, emails and letters! We would love to hear from you! You are in our hearts and prayers as well!  

Serving in His name,
Arian & Stefanie Kosta

Address: L3 Rr Egnatia AP:1043
Durres, Albania

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McDonough Christian Church,
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2000 Jonesboro Rd.
McDonough, Ga 30253

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