During our early days in Kosovo, one of our very first projects was to supply motivational and Christian leadership training in English to Serbian minority youth. Our group numbered up to 50 at times, and we met every Saturday for about 3 hours. These were high school students ages 16-18. While the schools themselves did the best job they could teaching the basic scholastic subjects, we felt young people in general were lacking in the type of training that would help them in the future to be strong, diligent, honest, hard-working leaders, willing to take initiative while maintaining high moral standards. I guess this could be said of youth everywhere in the world. We also believed that in today’s world, a good working knowledge of English would be beneficial in helping them find better, higher paying jobs. It’s amazing now after 14 years to look back and visit some of our trainees from that time and see them all grown up in their late 20’s and early 30’s, married, working in good jobs, and successful.
Here are just a few examples:
Sadly we were not able to maintain contact with all of our former students, but we are so happy and thankful that the ones we are in contact with have taken the training that they got from us and gone on to make something of their lives. More than just being successful, we have been impressed by the ability of these young people to overcome the temptation to be pessimistic or fatalistic, and chosen rather to manifest many of the positive attitudes that we worked so hard to instill in them, such as: compassion for others, a willing spirit, giving sacrificially to help others with less, etc.