Daily Topic for April 12, 2010

Mark 4:18
Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the Word, making it unfruitful.

At one time, Albanian culture choked out the Word through the deceitfulness of Communist materialism. They went so far as to declare themselves an “atheist” state in the name of this materialistic political system. But a new day has come now that Communism has failed. Will the Albanian believers bring truth to those who still don’t know about Christ?

Pray for Albanian believers in Germany to understand His Word, so that they won’t get distracted by wealth and material things like those from previous generations. Pray that they will remember the Great Commission!

Kosovo Albanians in Berlin

by KC

Five-year-old Agron climbed up on his grandfather’s lap with a copy of a book. “Read to me, Grandpa,” he said. Besim, his grandfather, looked at the text and said, “Sorry, it’s in German. I can make things up and tell you the story in Albanian.” Both of them laughed.

After a pause, Agron asked, “What was it like when you first came to Berlin?” The smile left Besim’s face, and he looked into the distance. “I came here 30 years ago, because I needed work. I worked in a Berlin factory as what was called a guest worker. About 10 years ago, many more Albanians came here from a country called Yugoslavia that no longer exists. They were not allowed to work for a long time, so I had to help some of them pay their rent. Now they can work, and things are much better. It was worth the wait. But we will still have to wait before we can read this book in Albanian.” He tickled the boy’s side, and Agron giggled.

Though most Albanians have a Muslim background, some have heard the gospel and accepted Christ in Berlin.

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Pray that the Albanians who have embraced the Savior will be used by Him to share the gospel with Albanians in Germany and Albania. Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Albanian communities that will lead them to Christ.

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