Planters’ Albania staff sent us the news and photos of the Luis Palau crusade that was held last weekend. The estimated crowd for each night was around 3,000 people. Not only did they hold evening services but there also was a kids camp where there were other activities. Genti said there were over 750 commitment cards that were turned in after the services. Praise God for these individuals that recognized their need for a Savior.
Special thank you to the staff for sending us these photos. Pictures tell a thousand words.
In just a matter of hours Tiranafest will commence. There will be thousands of Albanians that will hear the gospel for the very first time. Pray with us that God’s spirit will rain down upon that assembled body and open the hearts of those attending.
Last evening I was reading 2 Corinthians 4-6 (The Message) where it summed up life so well and how this truth needs to be heard and felt in the hearts of those attending the Tiranafest.
“Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.
Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messaih that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore . Now we look inside, and what we see is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives, God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him and who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.” (Paul, the apostle)
It is always a privilege to share our heart with others about Albania. This past Sunday we were at Dillon Mennonite Church, about 10 miles from our Green Valley home. It was extra special to introduce Cydil and Nathan to our friends and to explain their upcoming role of ministry and partnership with Planters and World Gospel Mission. This, also, was Dillon’s mission’s emphasis day and so there were various times of sharing and fellowship with everyone which we enjoyed very much.
Look at all of the minitries Dillon Church is supporting! It is great to see their missions heart!
It’s been a busy time for us these past two weeks. David was in Albania with Joe Bachman for the first week of February buying cows for the heifer project for the explosion affected farmers in the village of Gerdec. There will be some pictures of this in the near future. It has been our treat to have Arjan as our guest. This is his first visit to the States. He has been on a whirlwind trip to FL with us in the past 9 days where we were attending a missions conference. Here are some pictures of our work to present our “Albanian home” for the village day at the conference. It was a great day and we lost count of all of the Turkish coffee that Arjan made for our visitors….way over 100 cups!! Shpresa spent most of her time greeting visitors and also demonstrating Albanian folk dancing.