Team Photo in front of Fountains, Tirana
Bob and Mary, together with a friend Frances, have just returned from a Welcome Network mission trip to Albania.
We spent 10 days in Albania being based in Fushe-Kruje, but also visiting and ministering in other towns and villages.
Our main contact was a tall Norwegian called Dag who has been living and preaching the gospel in Albania for over 12 years.
Most of our time was spent with Dag and the members of his church “Bashkesia e Jezusit” in Fushe- Kruje.
On three days we were given the privilege of also teaching English in a small Language school run by a Christian called Berti in the nearby town of Kruje. We used material we had developed for our previous mission to Tahiti, focusing on Vision and using Life , Character and Friendship Topics to explore something about the nature of God and His plan for our lives. We taught small groups of 4 to 11 pupils ranging in age from 7yrs to late twenties, at Elementary, Pre -Intermediate and Upper Intermediate levels.
Bob with Upper Intermediate Students
Kruje is a towm where the majority of people are of a Muslim background. It was exciting to relate with the children and young people in the language school, and at the end of our time we all felt that we had got to know them and had been able to share something of the love of Jesus as well as praying with each group when we said Goodbye.
In prayer for Albania, before we arrived, Bob had a vision of a large Fountain-( in fact the Emperor’s Fountain at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire!!) There was a flow of water coming straight down some wide steps into the fountain, and then the water was shooting upwards into the sky to a very great height. This was an encouragement to the believers that there would be a greater capacity and flow of God’s Presence in us and through us expressing hope, forgiveness and healing.
Children painting Prophetic pictures
Bob and Mary both felt they had come with a “Fathering” anointing- we enjoyed meeting so many young mums with their babies!! We led a Marriage and Parenting Seminar on Sunday evening, and contributed both Saturdays in the Children’s Bible Club. We were also able to minister and pray for several couples and families over the week. We were all privileged to pray for and receive prophetic words for individuals during our time, and received back in abundance in the loving care and spiritual input from the co-workers in Bashkesia e Jezusit.
Dhurata, her mother Junia and special baby Amelia
We visited several homes in Ferras, a country village area where Frances, Mary and Bob were all able to give specific words and prophetic gifts to the families. It was a very special time with the highlight of hearing Fatmir’s amazing testimony of how he changed from a very violent man who wanted to kill Christians to the strong caring Christian leader he is today.
Generally we felt that God had used usin a small way to minister acceptance and love to a nation that has experienced a lot of rejection, poverty and abuse. We particularly felt that the Albanian women were all in need of really knowing the Father’s Love and a lot of hugs!!!
Lots of hugs!!!!!
Please pray for Albania- for the families, the marriages, for employment for the many out of work, for the Love of the Father to reach many and for righteousness in the government.