I’m excited to let you know about a trip I’ll be taking to Albania this summer! This will be my 3rd time to go! It all started after I met some friends who had been going for about 3 years prior. After hearing about the heart behind why they went, I joined a team at Watermark Church who through partnership with CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) will be traveling to Albania on a Short-Term Discipleship Trip. Our trip will be from June 29th through July 8th.
In the last two years I have had the privilege to partner with the staff and students Albania. I have built great friendships with the Albanians there and each time I’ve went I’ve grown more and more. In 2016 I met a girl who attended the camp and spoke to her a little bit and found out that she wasn’t a believer. Then coming back my second year(2017) and found out she was a student leader which blew my mind. I know that it was not me that brought her to Christ, but God alone. Yet I get to be a part of that story! And there are plenty of other stories of life change that continue to happen. I know God has his hand in every bit of what we're doing, so this year will be no different!
This year (2018) marks the 27th anniversary of the fall of Communism and the 19th anniversary of the end of war in neighboring Kosovo, which included the deportation of 800,000 ethnic Albanians and the mass genocide of Kosovo Albanians. Today, there is still a great need for spiritual healing and the Gospel in Albania.
In partnership with Cru, we will be helping run summer camps for high school students in Tirana. We will have the opportunity to play games, do team building activities, build friendships, have conversations over coffee, and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition to that, we will be serving the recently formed Albanian Young Professionals Group and building into the future leaders and young adults of Tirana, not to mention sharing with them our ultimate hope in the Gospel.
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May God be glorified through this marvelous opportunity!