Christians are helping war-weary refugees return home to Kosovo. In 1998 and 1999, hundreds of thousands of Muslims fled Kosovo, a province of Serbia, and went to Albania, where evangelicals helped care for them. Many of the evangelicals since have traveled with the Kosovars when they returned to their homes, according to World Relief, a Christian aid agency. Albanian Christians have started 20 new churches in Kosovo.
A World Relief small loan program is helping the returning Kosovars rebuild their lives. More than 500 families have received money to start businesses, and more than 98 percent of them are operating businesses and repaying the money, the ministry said. Some families have been able to live without relief aid because of the loans.