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Balkan trip – April 11-21

Just ten days till my trip to the Balkan! It has been amazing to see how this trip has come together. Funds were tight in general, but specific travel money came when it was needed. I strongly feel that what is happening in this ethnically divided region where prayer is increasing will mean much for (our trip to) central Africa as well. It turned out that during a network meeting with intercessors from various countries in the region a similar word was shared. Beautiful confirmation.

In every place that I felt to visit special connections came up that confirmed the reasons for this visit. First there is Igor and the house of prayer in Skopje, Macedonia (FYROM). I met him ‘randomly’ in Amsterdam as I visited there for an afternoon, 1.5 years ago. Then there is Jeff from Kosovo who offered to pick me up in Skopje, drive throughout Kosovo together to pray in the capital and some high points overlooking the country and spend the weekend with their community in Gjakova, a city whose name had jumped out to me on the map. Then he will bring me to Tirana, Albania, as he had to renew his car license there right that week, where I already had connections. These were all places I wanted to visit! From Tirana I want to go to Ohrid, birthplace of the Slavic language and major spiritual site for the Orthodox church (its called ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans’). From there to Thessaloniki in Greece, capital of the region Macedonia in northern Greece, where there is much tension between them and the country that calls itself Macedonia but only is a part of the wider Macedonian region. There will also be a DTS from Herrnhut focusing on prayer and missions right when I’m there, doing a week of night and day prayer. There are major spiritual strongholds in Greece, so it will be good to connect and pray together. I feel so much expectation for this trip!

Travel dates:

11-12 Skopje – Macedonia/FYROM (G) (House of Prayer, slum ministry);
13-14: Prishtina & Gjakova – Kosovo (B-C) (prayer at strongholds, meeting people);
15-16 Tirana – Albania (D) (ibid);
17-18 Ohrid – Macedonia/FYROM (E-F) (ibid);
19-20 Thessaloniki – Greece (H)(prayer for major strongholds, 24/7 prayer week DTS Herrnhut)
20-21 Skopje (G) and back to Holland

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