We are now on day 3 of our Balkans trip. We arrived safely in Tirana and our Team leader George arrived via 13 hours of driving at exactly the same time to pick us up! We appreciate his dedication to LoveIsrael and all the hard work he does. Our companions on the trip, Dan and Fran [who have traveled with us several times] unfortunately had flight issues and arrived many hours later than planned, but they were cheerful and ready to go the following morning.
We headed to Shkoder, Albania, for our first event. Baruch taught 2 messages on the Church and Israel in the End Times. The place was full. Pastor Koli was very gracious and was also an excellent translator! We very much appreciate him opening his church to us. We had the great surprise of our Polish team leader Tomasz and his girlfriend Rebekah joining us, We had no idea they were coming and it was such a treat for them to join us for a few days.
After the meetings, we fellowshipped with the pastors and leadership of the church. Baruch also taped a couple of radio programs for Radio 7 Albania. That night, George [who is doing all of the driving on this trip] drove us back to Tirana, the capital city. We arrived in time to watch [and I live chatted] the “Midnight from Jerusalem” livestream.
This morning we walked to Rilindja church in Tirana. It is the largest evangelical church in the country. Baruch taught the morning service. The pastor and his wife, as well as the leadership team, were very gracious to us. The pastor told us about how he came to faith after hearing Brother Andrew preach. Brother Andrew was a Dutch Christian missionary and founder of the Christian organization Open Doors. He was known for smuggling Bibles and other Christian literature into communist countries during the Cold War and, because of his activities, he was nicknamed “God’s Smuggler“.
Sunday morning, Baruch taught from Genesis 24, Isaac and Rebecca. He stressed the importance of the husband treating his wife properly and how that will bless the marriage. Marriage is a covenant with G-d and should be an instrument of His blessings.
Above: With Pastor and Mrs. Muca; Baruch being interviewed on Radio 7 Albania; taping a short video about Passover.
In the evening, Baruch taught 3 sessions entitled “The Day of the L-rd is at Hand.” I hope to have pictures from that tomorrow.