Zoran & Jennifer Naskov
Zoran and Jennifer are co-founders of Lighthouse of Hope MK.
As a business owner, with offices in several countries, Zoran has a passion for growing leaders in the knowledge work industry,
while still finding time to spend with Jennifer and their four children.
Originally from Macedonia (Yugoslavia), Zoran spent 25 years in the United States - first in Florida, and then in North Carolina.
Jennifer is a native Floridian - which explains her love for cut-off jeans, flip flops, sunshine, and ice cold Coca Colas.
Her quick smile and boundless energy makes her a natural for working with children.
Through their years as therapeutic foster parents, licensed in North Carolina, their hearts for children from hard places were formed.
Zoran and Jennifer count it a great privilege to be part of the positive changes happening in North Macedonia, especially in regards to child welfare and social inclusion.
Nastassia is a student at the University American College in Skopje, North Macedonia - pursuing a degree in Psychology, with a focus on Counseling.
Nastassia has used her gifts and talents to volunteer with children in India, Slovenia, and Thailand, as well as volunteering at the local public orphanage in North Macedonia from 2017-2019. She interacts with the children through song and play, and showing them love with her warm smile and calm spirit, and is particularly gifted in working with children with Autism Spectrum.
In the future, Nastassia plans to open a therapeutic retreat center for expats, NGO volunteers, and their families, to provide counseling in an effort to reduce burnout and help them remain on the field."
Mike Kozlinski is the founder of First Cause Discipleship Ministries: a counseling, teaching and training ministry focused on making disciples. He began partnering with LIFE Fellowship in December 2012 and he is present at the church several days per week.
Mike's heart is to walk alongside people facing various kinds of challenges, so that they can work towards experiencing personal restoration and growth, relational reconciliation and strengthening, and spiritual redemption.
Mike works with individuals, couples, and families. Aside from counseling, he enjoys watching adventure movies, reading theology books, discussing politics and culture, playing sports and making jokes. Mike and his wife, Misty, have several children: Stacey (miscarried), Seth, Luke, Abigail, and Zach.
If there are children around, Kassie is nearby! She has made caring for children a very important part of her life. Kassie is the Director of Children at Cornerstone Fellowship.
She has shared her love for children with kids in Slovenia, Thailand,and India as well as the children that she keeps in her home each day. Kassie has lead Terrific Tuesdays for children, Vacation Bible Schools, Sunday School classes, All Stars for Jesus, and many more. In addition to her work with children, Kassie is part of the praise team at her local church, using her beautiful gift of song in worship and blessing others.
Kassie lives with her husband, Adam, her two college-aged sons, Chance and Blake, and several four legged friends, in Western North Carolina.
Melinda currently works as a paralegal in a mid-sized law firm in Florida. When she isn't working, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, traveling, and diving into a good book.
Melinda has a heart for the millions of people who are, or have been, trapped in the world of human trafficking. At her church, she volunteers in the Children's ministry, and seeks to serve her Savior in whatever way she can.
Betty is a retired missionary, having been with the International Mission Board for nearly 20 years. Retirement didn’t suit her!
Betty has 20 years of experience overseas (16 in North Macedonia) with dual roles of business and ministry. Betty had a brief time in the USA, where she worked with a non-profit organization, and learned additional skills in connection to fundraising and searching for grants!
Betty’s experience in working with an NGO (non-governmental organization), working with a non-profit in the USA, as well as ministry with the Roma people group, has given her a great combination of skills to use in behalf of the Lighthouse of Hope MK!
Faith first stepped foot in North Macedonia in 2015 when she was visiting Bitola for a month while volunteering with the local orphanage. It was love at first sight. After that month of volunteering, her heart stayed in North Macedonia until she could return in 2017. She came back to research how she could further help the vulnerable children within the country. During her two months back in 2017, she was able to meet with Jennifer and Zoran Naskov, hear about their vision for Lighthouse of Hope MK, and instantly knew that they were the organization she was looking to partner with. After returning to Colorado she got proposed to, married Dustin in July of 2017, and then they prepared to move across the globe! She and her husband moved to Bitola in October of 2018 to start serving with Lighthouse of Hope MK in whatever ways needed!
Faith has a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Colorado State University, which has served to grow her heart for helping people even more. She has previously been a caretaker for the elderly, and also extensively cared for children of multiple ages throughout her life. She currently uses these skills, as well as her education, to aid her in the volunteer work she does with Lighthouse of Hope MK.
Dustin is currently living in the city of Bitola, North Macedonia with his wife, Faith. Dustin grew up in California and attended college in Oklahoma. After graduating, Dustin went on an 11 month trip to 11 countries where he traveled extensively throughout the continent of Asia. This trip is how he met his wife, Faith. They both traveled through the same organization, and connected afterwards when they both were back in the USA.
After hearing about Faith’s heart for North Macedonia, Dustin knew that marrying her would require him to move. Yet, because he has always been willing to travel and see new things, he proposed and was ready for a life of adventure. After they were married, they prepared themselves for the next life step - and moved to Bitola, North Macedonia in October 2018. Dustin hadn’t been to North Macedonia prior to them moving here, but has fallen in love with the country, the food, and the people since arriving!
Dustin has spent much of his 20’s traveling the world and serving in many ways. Within the past 7 years, he has traveled to 23 countries. He has a heart to see the hurt in this world healed. Currently, Dustin enjoys volunteering with Lighthouse of Hope MK in whatever ways we need him.
You Can Help!
If you feel the calling to join us in our efforts to provide help to these children in need, then we welcome your support. You can help us fund our efforts with your financial contributions, or join us as a volunteer in one of our many projects. As always we hope that you will keep us in your thoughts and prayers.