Month of Prayer and Giving Day 5- The Few Among the Many
“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”
The remarkable growth of Christian witness in recent years in Albania is nothing short of amazing. Yet there are places of considerable size – like Elbasan – where though the harvest is plentiful, the labourers are few. Here’s a bit more information.
Elbasan is the fifth largest city in Albania. The population sits at about 120,000 but is still growing. Beni Celanji and his young family – supported in part by gifts made via Grace Baptist Partnership to their church in the United Kingdom – are seeking to be actively involved in evangelism and church planting in this needy city.
To say that the work is not easy would be an understatement. Sometimes people in whom the Cilanji’s have devoted much time and effort are forced by circumstances – often economic – to leave Elbasan or even Albania altogether. It can seem like they’re always starting over.
But, they do. Even when personal challenges like ill health and financial difficulties have weighed heavy on their minds. Even when the struggle of raising three children in such an environment provides more than a few worries. They, by God’s grace, press on.
But it’s not all gloom and doom by any stretch of the imagination. There is a remarkable openness to the gospel in Elbasan and the surrounding area. Evangelistic outreaches – including to children – are met with an enthusiastic response the likes of which those of us in Britain can scarcely imagine.
So, Beni and the small group he leads continue to faithfully serve the Lord. They are presently giving attention to discipleship and prayer alongside their continuing evangelistic outreach and work amongst children.
Please pray that Beni will be able to balance his responsibilities between family life and ministry well. Please ask the Lord to raise up co-labourers for him amongst those he is presently discipling. Please pray that Beni’s financial support from various sources will be adequate to meet the needs of his family. Please ask the Lord to give lasting fruit for his labours.
“Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.”
3 John 8
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