Posted by: igtalbania | March 4, 2017

How long O Lord?

Luli is a bright, joyful believer of Christ in his early thirties. Over the last few months he has been in hospital countless times, ambulance workers have brought him back to life twice and his mother has even on one occasion begun telling close family members that he had died. He has a defect in the heart which cannot be cured or operated on but what is actually pushing him towards death is thickening of the blood. This completely treatable issue has been handled so badly that he now is severely damaged. A cardiologist that gave him a check up this week cannot believe that he is alive.

Luli is one of many, many victims of corruption in the health care system in Albania. Twice he has been admitted to hospital in Tirana only to be given a serum and sent home because he would not bribe the staff. Even this week, as he did blood tests, staff members were continually pressing him for money even though he had already paid for the tests! According to doctors the damage done to his body is now irreparable in medical terms.

This story is being repeated all over the nation. People are dying from ailments that should never take the life of someone in a country in 2017 that is applying for E.U. membership. The pressure and grief that this causes is a burden that weighs heavily on all believers in Albania. They cry like Habakkuk, “How long O Lord?”

We can see from Scripture that God will bring justice, full and final, at Christ’s return. Often we see His hand at work in the world today bringing justice too but the wait for His justice is often a painful one. Pray that God would so cause His gospel to work in this nation that not only would souls be saved but evils like that of corruption be erased! Pray that believers will not lose their hope in the Lord and will remain pure in the face of corruptive practices. Pray that God will provide ways for believers to get health care without bribery!

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Posted by: igtalbania | January 28, 2017

A winter’s tale

In the midst of the coldest winter to hit Albania for over 20 years, we set off from Fier for the south eastern town of Erseka. Our main purpose was for me to teach at the Torchbearers school there from the book of Ecclesiastes but we encountered much more on our travels.

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Erseka in the snow

Light for the blind!

The blind group in the town of Korce braved the elements to come together to study God’s Word. This group, led by the pastor of the host church Berti and Arjan Kacimbro, meet together fortnightly for worship and Bible study. This year the foundation “Light for the Blind” have been able to supply finance for a van which picks up the blind and partially sighted from their doorsteps and takes them home afterwards. We have also been able to supply firewood and food for some of the most vulnerable of the group members.

What strikes you immediately is the attentiveness of this group! They really listen! They apply God’s Word to their situations straight away and are like sponges soaking up what you teach them. How thrilled they were with a visit from someone outside the town and what a challenge they are to me. Do I really desire the Word like a newborn baby?

The “Foleza” project

The “Foleza” or ” The nest” project is a wonderful initiative based in the Erseka church buildings. What really impressed me was that this was not the work of a multinational charity organisation with offices in different countries. This is based in the local church and employs people from the local church to tackle some of the hardest challenges in society here. The local church is getting involved in one of the poorest areas of the country with some of the hardest social and economic conditions.

The project allows extremely poor and vulnerable children to come in to the church after school, having often been referred to them by social services, to have a hot meal, to do their homework and then to study some more so that they can catch up at school. The central point of all that they do though is a daily Bible lesson. There are also a number of orphans who are being housed across the road at a small orphanage which is being run by missionaries and local church members.

Some hard subjects are broached! When we visited one of the employees, Valter, told us that many of these children will soon be vulnerable to child trafficking and also to pimps who will use them as prostitutes in the country.

The “Udhekryq” school

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Will teaching at the Torchbearers school

I was given the challenge of teaching through the book of Ecclesiastes in 4 days. Students from Canada, the US, Germany, Kosova and Albania all came together to study this incredible book. The group was so attentive and a delight to know but the teaching itself was a challenge. Why? Because this book touches some of the most important issues in our walk with God. It certainly cut me to the bone and challenged me as to whether or not God is my greatest treasure.

Posted by: igtalbania | April 15, 2009

Welcome!

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Welcome to the  website for the Illyrian Gospel Trust .

The Illyrian Gospel Trust is devoted to the work of planting churches amongst the Albanian peoples. The vision of the trust is to see a church planting movement amongst the Albanian peoples established which will take the gospel of Jesus Christ not only to Albanians but beyond.

On this website you can learn more about:

  • Church planting work in Fier and Patos
  • Work among the learning disabled community in Fier
  • Youth ministry opportunities
  • The work of the Albanian Bible Institute
  • Leadership development
  • Projects to help the Albanian church
  • Background information about the work of the gospel in Albania

You can follow us also on Facebook. Search for Illyrian Gospel Trust for the latest news, photos and updates!

If you have any questions or if you would like to get involved in any way please e-mail the IGT secretary at igtsec@googlemail.com.

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