On the final day of our mission trip, we went on an excursion to Kruje where we visited a castle and learnt a bit more about the history of the Albanian people.
During the Middle Ages Krujë became the first capital of the Albanian state. However, the village is best known as the hometown of national hero Skanderbeg, a military commander who fought off Ottoman forces for 25 whole years before his death in 1468. Skanderbeg abandoned Islam and converted to Christianity.
As we left Albania, we committed this country and its wonderful people into God’s hands.
Prayer points from Minister Lorna
LET US pray for all the Pastors and their families in the churches the mission team were privileged to go into.
LET US also pray for Pastors unknown to us but known to God, who faithfully serve the Lord in other parts of Albania and Kosovo, who may have little or no support or encouragement from outside.
PRAY for Pastor Festim, his wife and beautiful young family. Their love for The Lord and servant hearts were so evident!
ASK THE LORD to strengthen and encourage them as they obediently serve the Lord in Albania.
ASK THE LORD to raise up faithful and committed labourers who will come alongside Pastor Festim and the other Pastors, like ‘Hurs’ and Aarons’ to lift up their tired hands when the battle gets tough.
PRAY for the beautiful youth in all the churches, whose desire for the Lord was evident! Things are not always easy for them, as they shared with us, but their desire for the Lord and fervour has enabled them to be fruitful witnesses for Jesus!
Let us pray this continues!
LET US DECLARE that out of the mouths of all the youth God would perfect His praise!
Psalm 8:2 (TPT)
You have built a stronghold by the songs of children.
Strength rises up with the chorus of infants.
This kind of praise has power to shut Satan’s mouth.
Childlike worship will silence the madness of those who oppose you.
PRAY that amid the darkness, the youth will remain true lights for Jesus; in their homes among unsaved family members, in schools or colleges and wherever they go.
PRAY for strong bible based Spiritual mentors to come alongside them.
PRAY that the true church in Albania will grow and be stronger than their oppressors:
The Lord made his people grow rapidly in number and stronger than their enemies.
PRAY for an unshakable church established on The Word of God in Albania.
PRAY for the men to come out of the dark strongholds of the world and into ‘The body of Christ.
PRAY for dreams and visions of who Jesus Christ is!
PRAY for Salvation for whole families and for prayer altars to be set up in homes.
THANK THE LORD for breaking the stronghold of Islam over the lives of family members especially among young people and using the church to reach out to them through the love of God shown in practical ways.
BREAK the spirit of nicotine and all other addictions that cause ill health and death.
…To open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’
THANK AND PRAISE THE LORD, in faith, for setting Albania free, by opening their blind eyes and turning the whole nation from darkness to His marvellous Light and from the power of Satan to God; that they will all receive forgiveness of their sins and a place among all those sanctified by faith in Almighty God!
I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness,
And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.