West Africa:Fun day with Children.

After our work with pastors and teachers, it was an equally rewarding time to have the children from the church school join us in a morning of Teeny Tykes and Tunes, We pray that even the youngest ones know that God loves them! 

The afternoon was a long journey to our next location where the God adventure continues.  We are thankful for our safe journey and all the beautiful cultural experiences along the way.  

The participants today (Friday) were pastors and teachers in our new city.  They had many questions about how to engage the young children and especially those with disabilities,  Many seemed encouraged with what they learned and are eager to implement the techniques.  Our prayer is that each one will recognize that children from toddlers to teens can be taught that Jesus loves them! 

Our team is thankful that we can GO and we appreciate your prayers!

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West Africa: Day 2

It was an exciting day at Trinity Baptist Church as we welcomed pastors and Sunday School teachers. Many came to hear how to minister to young children. We pray that they were convicted to recognize that children are ready to learn about Jesus and His love for us. We give thanks to those who came and for their interest and commitment to the children. Our team is healthy and we praise God for that,  

Our Pastor presented Matthew 9:37: “ The harvest is plentiful and the workers are few.”Let us all pray for more workers for God’s Kingdom.  

We look forward to a children’s festival tomorrow,.  Check in for more updates and thank you for praying for us! 

 

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West Africa: Day 1

Our team is privileged to be serving in West Africa. We are thankful to have arrived safely and with all our luggage! We have been called to lead a conference for teachers and pastors where we will share how to engage children from toddlers to teens in learning God’s word. Our partners are local churches and global partners in East Africa as well.  Our prayer is that the Lord will equip us to do what is honoring and pleasing to Him. 

Our neighborhood. 

Our neighborhood. 

We love our eager students. 

We love our eager students. 

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We had a terrific day one.....Praise the Lord!

ALBANIA: A Palm Sunday Weekend Farewell

Our team’s final day in Albania gave us an opportunity to visit Kruje Castle and the Skanderbeg Museum which honors Albania’s hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg.  He was considered by many as a model of Christian resistance to the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century as they fought to keep the Turks from advancing into Europe.  Our next stop was in the ancient city of Durres which is also known as Illyricum in the New Testament. 

Our team’s final day in Albania gave us an opportunity to visit Kruje Castle and the Skanderbeg Museum which honors Albania’s hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg.  He was considered by many as a model of Christian resistance to the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century as they fought to keep the Turks from advancing into Europe.

Our next stop was in the ancient city of Durres which is also known as Illyricum in the New Testament. 

Many early Christians were martyred by being fed to lions in Durres’ 20,000 seat amphitheater.  Here is a collage of pictures from our visit to the amphitheater and the early church that was located there.

Many early Christians were martyred by being fed to lions in Durres’ 20,000 seat amphitheater.  Here is a collage of pictures from our visit to the amphitheater and the early church that was located there.

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Today, Durres is a modern and beautiful city on the Adriatic.  We enjoyed walking along the beach and having a yummy lunch.

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After driving back to Tirana, some of us attended a wonderful Palm Sunday weekend church service which was concluded by singing “Because He Lives!”  Then the children waved construction paper palm fronds and sang “Hosanna”.  Be sure to watch the video of the praise team’s rendition of “Because He Lives”.  They did a fabulous job!

Most of our team flew back to Atlanta on Sunday and will return to work on Monday morning, exhausted and dealing with jet lag, but refreshed with the memories of an exhilarating week in Tirana.  However, some of us have remained in Albania for an additional week of ministry.  We are grateful for God’s blessings, new believers, wonderful friendships, warm hospitality, and great conversations...while enjoying cappuccinos, Albanian-style thick hot chocolate, and yummy gelato.  We can't wait to return!

ALBANIA: A National Holiday Means Fun in the Park!

Since students didn’t have classes on Thursday due to the national holiday, we were able to have a relaxing day with them at the Great Park of Tirana.  We praise God that He held off the rain even though the skies were very threatening.

There were lots of activities and even some dancing!  Enjoy watching the video below.

There were lots of activities and even some dancing!  Enjoy watching the video below.

In addition to dancing, students played volleyball, frisbee, and games; barbecued sausages; and enjoyed their friends!  Here is a stack of pictures from the day as we continued to build relationships and had fun together.

Afterwards, the people who were new to Tirana were taken by their friends to visit special tourist sites in this capital city.  The rest of the team continued to have coffees and small group meetings around the city well into the evening.  

ALBANIA: A Nation of Contrasts and Wonderful People!

 Thursday is a national holiday, and we are planning a picnic by the lake if the rain holds off. The forecast has included rain every day, but God has blessed us with mostly dry days.

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 Below are some pictures along with an article written by Emily from our team, that will help you to understand this nation of contrasts.

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 “The food is amazing, the people are warm and friendly, our hotel is actually a boutique B&B off the beaten path, and Albania is simply a delightful place. 

Yes, there is evidence of the old communist regime everywhere you look. There are charming new buildings next to ones that look bombed out. The people our age look much older. The students all want to leave, because jobs are scarce. It is a city of contrasts. But it is also amazing and special. I wish you all could see it. Keep us in your prayers!” —Emily Barrett Yancey 

Here are pictures of some of the wonderful people we have been spending time with  this week. 

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ALBANIA: Full Days, Meeting Lots of University Students, and Great Events!

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Tuesday and Wednesday were very busy with long days and many events!  Staff and students...along with volunteers like us...received our shirts on Tuesday as we began our day.

The medical university was our destination on Tuesday morning.

The medical university was our destination on Tuesday morning.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Jana presented her seminar on “God and Science” for the medical students.

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Meanwhile, Karen presented at an International Schools Project seminar at the Hotel Doro which was attended by 120 teachers. 

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Wednesday morning was our time to be at the Foreign Language and Engineering Universities where we gave invitations to students to come to American Night and challenged them to discover their world views.

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In the afternoon, Kevin was invited to speak to a student service organization named Y-Peer about volunteer relations.

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And Wednesday evening was American Night which was introduced by Kelly and Michael with a talk about Freedom.  Then Kevin challenged students to view things a little differently as the large audience of students broke up into 5 groups to discuss important “Life Questions”.  Then the evening continued at restaurants and coffee shops nearby where we had amazing conversations with students.  We are having a very blessed time!  Thank you for your prayers!