Category Archives: Teams

Jingle Jangles

[hr]Today some of the village ladies will see the fruit of their labors.  The international craft bazaar is going on at the Sheraton Hotel in Tirana.  The jewelry and cards made by the women from Vlashaj are being sold alongside donuts, paintings, and lots of other goodies. An earlier craft sale at the US Embassy netted about $200 and hopes for today are to top that amount.

Thanks to Lynn, Len, and Vera for managing the booth!

Hole in the wall…

[hr]It has been on the list for a long time to make some better accommodations on the second floor of our Tirana guest apartment.  Now with Cydil and Nathan making plans to live there we have decided to get some work done.  Today we had the floor cut out to make way for a spiral stairway to go back and forth from the second to the first floor.  Also, we cut out a doorway to make the kitchen accessible from the living room.  When it is all completed it will make hosting guests much easier.  In the photos we didn’t capture the dust that flew when the jack hammer was working.  I’ll just say that the workman was grateful when I handed him a mask to wear.

High Top Dentist

By the picture you can tell we’re in the mountain village with our new friend, Dr. Tom.  He has volunteered to help in the villages of Planters. Our neighbor lady to our children’s club meeting place had dental issues that required extraction.  So in the middle of the street, outside of the club and beside the gristmill we set up our clinic and proceeded to see another 38 patients.  In a rather public viewing, Dr. Tom got his tooth, the crowd was pleased, and she went away with less pain than she had before.


Not always does modern technology smile friendly on “the older techie”s of this world.  In fact, we were held hostage by the internet earlier during our stay in Albania.  But thankfully, after much effort and attempts, we have been able to access the “outer world” and even to have a business conference call yesterday. We are making plans for hosting an event which will be over Valentine’s weekend for Albanian pastors.  We are very excited and are looking forward to stepping out of our usual role.  The photo shows David, Genti and Shpresa talking to Len and Lynne Benson along with David Lind, the pastor of Calvary Bible Church of Rutland, VT.

Great Week

Last week Planters hosted a team from Calvary Bible Church from Rutland, Vermont with two members from San Antonio, Texas. What a tremendous week it was. This team had several objectives for their time in Albania. There were special events for the children, women and men, and also several of the ladies spent time training several ladies in the village several crafts to start them on a new cottage business. The team members were Carol and Joyce, Len and Lynne, and Jake and Renee.

Summer Events

June 11 -18 marked several remarkable events. One of which being, a series of ladies meetings. The ladies team from The Family Church of Gainesville, FL, planned a study of the book of Ruth to share with the women of Vlashi. Through a drama depicting the relationship of Naomi and Ruth and Boaz the story of redemption was illustrated to the village ladies. The response from the women was awesome. It was met with great enthusiasm.