August 28- September 11, 2007
The all girl team left for Albania on August 28. They arrived safely to the port on the 29th and began their stay in Grampsh.
Two young ladies, and i6:8 members, are leading the team. Luciana and Enza. Enza and her husband went last August for a short term trip of their own initiative and this will be the second time that Luciana returns as well. Along with them is one brave gentleman, Luigi. Luigi did a three month missionary service in Albania spring of 2006 and will certainly add a lot of wisdom and knowledge to the team. The team is made up of 15 members and will be working with the local churches there and evangelizing in the neighborhoods and mountains.
Please pray for this team and this trip. Albania needs Jesus so much. It has suffered a lot as a population and needs to find its identity in Christ. Islam is growing rapidly in the nation and there is a true battle for souls! Pray for God to move in a mighty way through this team and pray also for each member- that God would speak to them about their own personal calling to serve him.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send?’ And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here I am send me!” Isaiah 6:8
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt 28:19-20.
“When Jesus landed and saw a crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd…” Mark 6:34
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16
The summer is flying by and we are rushing to accomplish all the preparation for the fall!
We have, however, been trying to find some down time as well! We have enjoyed some time with Gianluca’s eldest brother’s family who arrived on the 23rd of July and we were also able to have a long awaited “date” to celebrate Carli’s birthday.
A few updates. . .
We hosted an informal dinner for all the couples who will be attending the “sposini” (newlyweds) follow-up on the 27th. It was a great chance to be together once again, to hear the wedding and honeymoon stories and to get off on a good foot for the upcoming classes and meetings.
Since the depature of the staff at “il Rifugio”, and due to his experience and knowledge of how things work there, Gianluca has been helping out a lot at the center.
We have, as mentioned in the last update, been working on the preparation for this fall’s upcoming events.
Gianluca hosted a Mission i6:8 retreat this last weekend at the center. The members of the two upcoming missions trips (to Albania and Morocco) were invited to attend. The weekend was orchestrated in such a way to prepare the teams for the service they will be doing with practical experiences (helping to clean up the center) and teaching. It was also a chance for the team members to get to know one another better and to bond before their departure in September. Things went smoothly and we saw, once again God’s sense of humor- we desired for them to have a “missionary” experience and they did! The water pump stopped working causing a loss of running water! It was, in the end, a repeatable experience in the sense that we hope to continue to provide this time for people who will be attending a Mission i6:8 mission trip.