Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Obedience

“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

I think when it comes to our relationship with God we are just like children. Our son, David turns 4 next month. He has a hard time understanding why obedience is better than what you want. We tell him what would Jesus want you to do obey your parents or get what you want. He always responds with, "But I want!" I think a lot of times we are the same way with God. Getting what we want is so much easier than obedience. In those times that we are obedient to God, things always turn out better! 

We have been very blessed with visits the past couple of months. In February Mac and Diane McClintock came to visit. Mac preached in Durres and Kavaje. They are always a blessing to us. Who doesn't need a little help and encouragement every now and then! 

In March we were blessed by David and Linda Marckel. It was their first trip to Albania. When we came home last year we started praying about the possibilty for David and Linda to come we wanted them to see our ministry and share with them what we do in Albania. When they were here, they spent their time working along side of us in the ministry but David also lead two days of leadership training for our staff. We also took one day along with church members on a field trip to Prizren, Kosovoe. We appreciate David and Linda coming to encourage us and being able to go back to Hickory Valley Christian Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee to share with them what we are doing here in Albania. Our David also loved getting to spend time with Mr. Big David! :)
 
We were in great need of Bibles in the church in Kavaje. After Juli searching about where to get some bibles, we found out that the Bible Institute would donate some for us. The youth group in the picture are very happy to have the Bibles now! 

I have told you about Ana and Hekuron in the past. Hekuron just turned four years old. Ana gave birth a year ago to another son. Ana comes to church occasionally and we were able to give all the boys a new pair of shoes when they came. Please continue to pray for Hekuron, he has severe developmental delays

Please continue to pray for Gloria. We are supporting her to go to highschool in Elbasan. She is doing very well in school and making good grades. She is wanting to find a small part time job to help her with expenses. 

Please pray for Fatmira. She is in desperate need of an operation. She has a old wound that has not healed and is infected. The doctors at the state hostpital don't want to do the surgery. They have referred her to the private hospital but they keep giving a different price to do the surgery. Please pray that we can find Fatmira the help that she needs to have this surgery. 


Our sweet Abby just turned one this past week! She is growing so fast! She enjoyed very much her first chocolate cupcake! Please pray that she learns soon how to sleep at night.

Thank you for all your prayers and support. We love and appreciate you all!  

Serving in His name,
Arian & Stefanie Kosta
Stateside address: 148 Wolfe St. 
Cohutta, Ga 30710

 


Albanian Address: L3 Rr Egnatia AP:1043 
Durres, Albania
email:kkdurres@gmail.com





 


  


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Year new perspective!



Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29

Momma always said, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all!" Good advise momma! This year I have decided not to make a resolution (because who ever keeps them anyway?). I don't want to make a drastic change in my life, I just want to get better. I want to be a better Christian, mom, wife, missionary, and friend. I have been challenged to think of something and focus on it this year. This year my focus will be on encouragement and being patient and loving with people who aren't lovely at times. This includes everyone from my children who are crying and throwing a fit, to the lady that cuts in front of me at the grocery store, to the rude comments I see on social media. I pray that God will help me in the new focus and renewed perspective in 2017! 

We are praying that 2017 will be a better year because 2016 was rather challenging!  We are still keeping a very close eye on Arian's parents. Arian's dad fell down again and is having a problem keeping his blood pressure regulated. Arian's mom is doing much better but she is afraid to leave the house. We also have been without water. Here in Albania you get water for an hour a day and you pump it into a reservoir on the roof. Durres usually doesn't get colder than about 30 degrees. Well this week we have had snow twice and freezing temperatures as low as 18 degrees! So our reservoir on the roof along with all the pipes froze. But Praise the Lord it is warmer today and we got water! You really take for granted simple things like water!! 

We had a great New Year's eve this year! New Years is like the American Thanksgiving plus lots of fireworks shot from building to building. It is an amazing and a little scary at the same time! Arian's parents were here to celebrate with us. Arian's dad insisted that it would be best for Abby to lick the turkey leg. I'm not sure that was the best idea but I guess it didn't kill her. Living fairly near to Arian's parents is great. I just wish that my parents lived nearer and could celebrate with us as well!


Christmas was a very busy time. With having two churches there is a lot of planning to be done. We received Christmas boxes (like samaritan's purse) for the children and boxes of food for each family donated by Mission without borders. We also bought warm thick socks for the 50 residents of the old home. We had a staff Christmas party at our house where we played the White Elephant game, ate a huge meal, and played dominoes (while Dr. Nikolla took a nap). It was a blessed time together as a staff! We celebrated Christmas in Kavaje on Saturday (Christmas eve) and in Durres on Sunday (Christmas Day). The youth group of Kavaje had prepared a skit and a couple of dances for both churches. Also in Durres the men's Bible study group prepared a great skit about getting caught in sin. Definitely a busy time but a blessed time as well as we celebrated or Lord's birth!


















Things have been going great with women's Bible study as well. One day we had 10 ladies in attendance. They are faithful in coming and growing in the Lord. We are very happy about this! 

In September we decided to put David in preschool. He is loving it and having a great time. He was busy learning songs and even had a little part that he spoke himself. He got very nervous and one of his friends helped him. David often speaks about loving Jesus and wanting to be in heaven with Jesus. We pray that he will remain faithful in his love for the Lord! He is also a very good big brother and wanting to smother Abby with kisses all the time! 

Thank you for all your prayers and support! We appreciate you and thank God for you all! 

Serving in His name,
Arian & Stefanie Kosta
Stateside address: 148 Wolfe St. 


Cohutta, Ga 30710
Albanian Address: L3 Rr Egnatia AP:1043 
Durres, Albania
email:kkdurres@gmail.com