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Journey to Macedonia



Skopje, the capital (and largest) city in Macedonia
The Journey to Macedonia
Last year I spent a brief 24 hours in Macedonia, meeting up with Marija Vuletic and her husband Sasha. They are experienced church leaders with a heart for planting Churches. They felt God leading them to create a women's conference, so we met up with them together with the ladies of their church to hear their vision, chat and pray for one another
What followed was a year of Marija and I building our friendship through Skype calls; many faithful prayers and lots of hard work from that small team of women. 
This year we returned to take part in their first VREDNA (Worth/Value) Conference! 
They did it! 
The dreams shared amongst a group of women eating pancakes together in a city apartment came to fruition. 

Last month I spent 6 days in Skopje with the Kerith team of Alice, Ann and Karen, serving the Trinitas Church and the Vredna conference!

We heard and experienced some amazing things - God was so good, and the people there are so faithful and faith-filled; and they are so hungry - it was a really inspiring place to be (tough at times  too, but that's all part of it)
I'm really looking forward to sharing the stories and pictures with you in future blogs.
For now I'll leave you with this:

For context, Macedonia's population is just over 2 million people, 50,000 of those living in Skopje. Most are ethnic Macedonians (South Slavic) and then there are Albanians, Turks, Romani and Serbs. Macedonia is an Orthodox Christian country with a strong Muslim influence. As you can see from this diagram,both we and the Vuletik's Church would come under the 0.37% category as "other Christian".


Marija and Sasha are a fantastic couple! Ken and Ann have known them for over ten years. Marija has been to Kerith, bringing her daughter Tamara to our REAL Conference, and last year she took a couple of her friends to the UNIKE conference in Albania. They are warm hearted, faith-filled Pastors who have spent their adult life together leading Churches in Skopje. Parents of three children, they are currently facing challenges with their health and their elderly parents. Do join me in praying for them. 







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