Just a Building … or a Necessary Facility?
The completed church facilities
The land for the new building was purchased in 2011 and permission granted in late 2013. There were various obstacles to obtaining building permission, both from government planning control as well as the immediate neighbours. The most serious obstacle was the local municipality mayor’s refusal to sign the permission document. He stated; “You know that in this country we protect the National Orthodox Church by refusing to give building permission to Evangelical/Protestant Churches”. In Macedonia there is strong resistance from the state to the granting of permission for buildings to be used solely for evangelical church activities. Further discussion with the authorities followed, and eventually the legal documents were signed by the mayor, and work began on clearing the site and commencing the building.