TWoL Issue 1

This is my personal emailed newsletter called “The Way of Love.” The name is based on the name of my blog, “The Beginnings Of.” I started my blog when I started my DTS with YWAM and I knew it was the beginning of something big but I didn’t know what. I have been wondering ever since then what exactly it was the beginning of and I felt like God gave me the answer in October of 2015 at a prophetic conference while I was listening to one of the speakers: “The Way of Love.”

08 Dec 2015

Hey everyone, here is the first update from Kosovo. It’s been one week since we have been here and so far things have been going really well. The house Claire (Claire is the one that I am co-leading with) and I found before coming didn’t work last minute but the agency we were using found us another house that was even bigger and better for the same price and almost the same location. We have 6 bedrooms now and so we were able to make one into a prayer room. We have been spending this first week getting set up and preparing ourselves physically and spiritually for our time here in Kosovo. We have spent a lot of time praying and reading the Bible out over Kosovo and it has been really good. We have also started to get to know the people pf the local church that we will be working with. They are wonderful people and we are excited to get to know them. One big thing we want to do here is to really encourage the believers that live here.

Next week we will be focusing more on starting to go to the streets and meet people. As a team we have also chosen days each week to invite people over for coffee and dinner and we are really looking forward to what God will do during these times. Our heart is to build relationships with the people of Kosovo and show them the love of Jesus through how we live life and love one another. Depression is really common here especially in winter and God has been blessing us with so much more of His joy than we usually have. We believe this is so that we can spread in here drive out the depression that tries to remain here. It has been really great so far and we believe it will continue.

God is already here and has been for a long time and we are excited to partner with Him while we are here. This is God’s outreach and we want to go with Him were He goes instead of asking Him to come with us where we go.

Prayer points:
-Open hearts and that God would lead us to meet the right people.
-That people would see Jesus in us everywhere we go.
-For continued unity and joy in our team.
-For more discernment and wisdom for Claire and I as leaders.

Thank you everyone for your support and prayers! Email me anytime with questions or comments. I would love to chat! 🙂 Love you all!

-Justin Smith

Flying over the Balkans on the way to the layover in Turkey was beautiful.


Prishtina has had a lot of fog this week. It made a walk in the park a really interesting experience.


A well decorated walking street is a fun place of joy for the locals and visitors a like.



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