Ministry - For such a time as this!
In the midst of the chaos and this crisis the hope and security of the gospel shines even brighter. When men and women’s hope and security in other things is stripped away, there is incredible opportunity to share the good news that we have a hope built not on our bank accounts, retirement funds, job prospects, health or even life. Those around us, including Albanians, are ready to hear this in ways they have never been. Because of that I am seeing incredible opportunities to share the good news with the Albanians community.
2 Minute Videos
The last few months I have been working on preparing short 2 minute video reflections on a Bible passage to post on our Facebook page. I had done 3 of them before the Corona-virus started, each time refining the method and logistics of these. Providentially it was just in time for this season. The last two weeks I have been posting these videos every 2-3 days. Before the corona-virus a video would get maybe 20-30 views on Facebook, yet the ones I have been posting have gotten anywhere between 200 - 1000 views. This is a sign of the longing of Albanians right now for a good word of hope. Providentially technology presents a way for this to happen and I am trying to seize this moment. It is not that the videos are done incredibly well or I am super eloquent in Albanian, but many of this spreads through the relationships of those I have served and loved on in the community, where here in Boston or in Philly.
Would you pray that we continue to use Social media to spread the hope of the gospel and for God to awaken the Albanian community to the good news of Jesus!
I have been praying and thinking a lot about how we serve the community in tangible ways during this crisis when we can’t be physically present. One of the strategies I am moving forward is helping Albanians apply for unemployment who have lost their work because of the closure of their workplace due to the corona-virus shutdown. For those whose English isn't excellent navigating an online application like that is very difficult. This gives me a chance to serve them and also pray with them and share with them.
Would you pray that God gives us wisdom and creativity with methods like this to put the love of Jesus into action during this strange time?
For me and each of the believers it is an important time to be caring for those Albanians with whom we have connection. Again with zoom or social media this is very easy. Would you pray that God would open doors for us to counsel, encourage, and share Jesus with many Albanians.
Through prayer meetings and online conversations we are trying to encourage one another and bless one another not just in Boston but also in our network of Albanian believers throughout North America. We know God often uses trials to grow faith and restore passion and perspective. Would you pray for the Albanian believers to thrive in faith, love their families well and be salt and light to the world around them?
This crisis is a challenging moment but also a crucial moment for believers and God’s church. Thank you for praying and supporting our work among the Albanian Diaspora especially in this season!
If there are specific ways that we can pray for you please let us know!!!
In the security and stability of Jesus Christ!
Jason, Kristine, Caleb and Evette