Kosovo: Business for Transformation Consultant
Location: Europe, Kosovo, Pristina
Program name: tranSend (1-2 years)
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Assignment: Serve as a business consultant to Messiah Evangelical Fellowship Church, helping the church and its members launch and grow “businesses for transformation.” Ideal assignment for retired couple who can spend large blocks of time in Kosovo. Prior success as an entrepreneur required.
Service program options are a tranSend assignment (in-country) or Partners (intermittent trips over a two-year period).
Term: 1-2 years, with some Albanian language study.
Ministries: Long-term VMMissions’ workers Vince and LaVonne Ramella lived in Istog, where they sowed gospel seeds through friendships and their business for transformation, “Lady Latte.” Istog is home to a milk processing plant started a few years ago by a group of American Christian businessmen/farmers interested in business for transformation.
Context: This land-locked country in the Balkans belonged to the southern part of Serbia until it declared its independence in February 2008. With a dominant population of two million mostly ethnic Albanians (90%), it has a history of many bitter conflicts with the Serbs (10%); the most recent one was in 1999, when Serbia invaded and burned down many houses. With much devastation to the economy and infrastructure, Kosova is now slowly working to re-build. Many, however, seek to leave Kosova in search of a better life.
Life moves slowly and family and relationships are still the hub of society. Since it was under the rule of the Ottoman Turks in the middle ages, Turkish culture is still prominent in food, music, dance, and language. Most Kosovars are nominal Muslims and a small minority is Albanian Catholic. Though there are some evangelical churches, particularly in the capital city of Pristina, the church as a whole remains very small and under pressure.
Contact Jason Showalter to learn more about this assignment.