Greetings to you from Tirana, Albania! Hope and pray all is well with you.
We are all doing well here. Greis and Emili continue to go to school, Edita is quite busy with work and ministry, and I have just returned from a week of traveling from north Albania to the south visiting various student groups all over the country.
Our medical student group in Tirana had a great mission week at the same time I was visiting our student groups in other cities. They managed to present the Gospel message to several hundreds of medical students through various creative evangelistic events throughout last week. I a looking forward to the report and the follow-up events that our staff is working on and will share news of the fruit of this mission once I get the report.
Once the preacher’s conference is over, I have two mission trips coming up, one to Macedonia and one to Serbia. Macedonia trip is on March 20th - 23rd; whereas the Serbia trip is on March 28th - 31st. I am traveling to Macedonia with 3 of our staff workers and 3 student leaders. We plan to visit and encourage missionaries who are seeking to evangelize the ethnic Albanians living in two different cities in Macedonia. Our hope is to build some bridges between the missionaries and Albanians there. The Macedonian Albanians are Muslims and very hard to reach. If someone becomes a Christian their family persecuted them harshly. The Serbia trip is mostly to establish friendships between our students and Serb students. Our nations view each other as enemies and the Christians also have plenty of prejudice about each other. I am traveling with two soccer teams - 20 of us - and we will use sports for evangelism and friendship building. Our partners in Belgrade for this event will be the Serb Bible Society and EUS (Evangelical University Students of Serbia).
In April, I will focus on Easter celebrations and then our annual national student conference from 25-27 April. April will also be the month when I hope to get some family time with Edita and the girls. This will especially please Greis and Emili who said they wanted to give me a key as a birthday present to lock me in :)))).
Edita continues to lead the women ministry and the children ministry at Emanuel Church in Tirana. She is especially encouraged by the women and children meetings that have started in Vaqarr, the town just outside Tirana where we have been involved in church planting for years. Edita is also Director of Services at Lincoln Foundation Albania. She loves her job and has plenty of opportunities to witness there.
So much for now. We will take a family picture this evening and email that to you.
Thank you very much for your prayers and support for us.