In Acts 13 we read that the early Christian Church in Antioch was instructed by the Holy Spirit to set apart Saul and Barnabas for the work they were called to do. So, the Church fasted, prayed, laid hands on them, and sent them off.
That is what Carolyn and I experienced last Sunday at our home church, Wooden Cross Lutheran Church in Woodinville, WA, as many gathered around us, laid hands on us, prayed for us, and sent us off on our Albania mission. Many other team members have experienced the same. We all trust that the Holy Spirit has called us to do this work.
And now, we've arrived in Albania (yesterday, and others today)! Currently, we are in Tirana, the capitol city. Tomorrow, we will drive 100 miles through mountains and valleys to Peshkopi, to be joined by the remaining four team members on Sunday afternoon.
Two New Testament references tell us that this area was touched by the good news of Jesus Christ way back in the first century (Romans 15:19 and 2 Timothy 4:10). We are praying that God will use us, in partnership with Pastor Ermal and Sarah Lushi, and Dan and Dawn Hall, to "touch" the area of Peshkopi through us, as we teach English to the students there and make Christ known by our words and actions. Please pray for us.
Pictures below show an outdoor market, and Ruthie taking a pic of our host pastor, Ermal, and his wife, Sarah, all in Tirana.
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.