It's Friday, June 15, and today we made the four-hour, 100-mile journey through numerous mountains and valleys from Tirana to Peshkopi. Albania is a very beautiful country! (see some pics below) Our English language camp doesn't begin until next Monday, so we are doing some team-building, orienting ourselves to the town, setting up our classrooms, and we will worship on Sunday at the Alpha and Omega Church, where Ermal Lushi, our host, is the pastor.
Albania is predominately a culturally Muslim country and there are mosques dotting the countryside and town, and calls to prayer throughout the day and night. Our host church is the only Christian church in this town of about 20,000, as well as the surrounding region, so we are definitely in the minority. That said, the people are friendly, and we feel welcome here.
The students are anxious to improve their English language skills, and we anticipate working with about 100 of them over the two weeks we are here. We will be using the Bible as our primary text book, specifically the story of King David in the Old Testament, and we will be sure to introduce them to Jesus, the Son of David - some of them for the first time!
Borrowing from the New Testament book of Acts, chapter 20, verse 24: Our only aim is to complete the task our Lord Jesus has given us - the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace. Please keep us in prayer, that our aim will be clear!
Pr. Phil & Carolyn Lee are the EEMN Albania Team Leaders. After serving as team members in 2017 they grew a true affinity for the people and for the stunning land of Albania. After faithfully serving Deny Park Lutheran in Seattle, Pr. Phil & Carolyn now spend much of their time serving in Arizona at Shepherd's Canyon Retreat Center for pastors, spouses, and ministry leaders in need of emotional and spiritual support.