In mid-March a mission team from The Tide ministry will be traveling to Albania to conduct a Leader to Leader seminar for pastors from across Albania and Kosovo.  Albania was once an atheist state and the population is now predominantly Muslim, but since 1998 Albania has legally allowed total religious freedom.  Despite many mission organizations entering Albania since it opened up in 1998 it is still estimated that less than 1% of the population are evangelical Christians.
The purpose of our visit is to encourage and resource pastors who are engaged in leading young congregations and planting new churches. Since 2015 The Tide ministry has been working with some of these pastors to effectively share the Gospel with Albanians in their own language in a culturally relevant context.  We now want to further encourage them to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and to work cooperatively to build God’s Kingdom in the hearts of people throughout that region of the world.
Please pray with us that God will use The Tide team to effectively encourage and resource pastors there who are on the front lines of ministry, serving to establish and grow congregations in communities throughout Albania. The team will consist of Don and Becky Shenk, and Steve and Sandy Delaney.
Pray for:
– safe travels for all involved; the team travelling from the USA, and pastors and their wives travelling from various towns and regions throughout Albania and Kosovo
– Inspiration and clear presentation for Don and Steve as they lead the sessions
– good translation to facilitate communication
– positive and fruitful discussion among the pastors