They have a new leader in this area named Lirim. After being converted in Norway, Lirim moved back to his home town in Kosovo and was beaten badly several times by his family because of his new faith in Christ. After this he started to check in google for a church to get help and google directed him to B.U.M. Church. This happened last January and from that time until now, Lirim has grown in faith and has moved to the aforementioned town to work as a taxi driver. In this new town, Lirim began telling all of his friend about Jesus, and all of his passengers during his work day. He would give them the New Testament and share the gospel, and because of his faithfulness, the group of believers in this town began to grow significantly and some of them were baptized at Christmas.
For six months the church has been meeting in restaurants. Today, B.U.M.’s church network includes 7 churches across Kosova. Two weeks ago, Lirim came up with the idea to start a Christian cafe-bookstore and they have already found a very good location for it along the main road of the town. This is going to be for business but also a place where the church can meet and invite more people.
The B.U.M. Church has developed a plan on how to move forward with this:
1. Qendrim, an elder in B.U.M. Church, has business experience from his work in a Bank, and he will help Lirim to run this business.
2. D, an elder and minister in B.U.M. Church, will help Lirim and the young church to do more evangelism, events, and talks. He will also encourage the group and help them with weekly Bible studies.
3. Pastor Femi of B.U.M. Church will spend 2 hours with Lirim every Thursday for three next years. The goal of these meetings will be to help Lirim grow in faith, teach him the Bible more in depth, pray together, and instruct and empower his ministry, so that he can be able to serve others effectively. They will also identify some other individuals that could be part of the team for this church plant. Pastor Femi will also train this team and in general, will be involved with helping the Bible study together with D.
4. Right now there is only one female in this new church, so B.U.M. has selected three sisters as a small team to assist with women’s ministry.