Albanian women’s retreat reaches out beyond women and beyond Adventists

<p>28 June 2017 | Durres, Albania [Sanda Veidemane-Thomollari] It&rsquo;s a women&rsquo;s retreat &ndash; so you expect women, with possibly the odd spouce hanging around at the back or helping with logistics, but when you find the back row filled with elderly Muslim men you know someting special is happening.</p>

News June 28, 2017

28 June 2017 | Durres, Albania [Sanda Veidemane-Thomollari] It’s a women’s retreat – so you expect women, with possibly the odd spouce hanging around at the back or helping with logistics, but when you find the back row filled with elderly Muslim men you know someting special is happening.

women retreat albaniaThe occasion was the Albanian Mission women’s retreat in Durres, 2 – 4 June. This annual retreat has always been evangelistic as the church members bring their friends and relatives. This year was no exception with 20 of the 38 women in attendence coming from outside the church, some hearing the Good News of Jesus for the very first time.

women retreat albania1What was exceptional, and demonstrated the interest and relevance of the programme, was that several elderly Muslim men from Kosovo who were staying in the same hotel, chose to join in and listen very attentiviely – including taking part in the spirtual activities such as pinning prayer requests to the prayer tree.

women retreat albania5Using the theme, ‘Jesus in all four seasons of your life,’ Clair Sanches, Trans-European Division Women’s Ministries director, helped each participant reflect on how winter is the time to get to know yourself and to be honest with God; how Jesus brings joy to our life in spring; how Jesus is with us even in summer heat; and how we can bear fruit just like trees in autumn if we let Jesus into our heart.

women retreat albania3Each woman created a prayer journal thoughout the three days. This would serve as a reminder to regularly spend time with God. However, the most remembered activity was the tree of prayers. This was created during the programme, but Clair promised to take it home where she could continue to share the requests and thanks with God. Such a promise, together with God’s presence which could be felt throughout the meetings, touched many hearts and inspired them to open themselves up to Jesus.

women retreat albania2While the weekend is over, its impact is still being felt. Flora and Ana from Tirana have decided to come to church more regularly and to start baptismal classes. Flutura, had her first encounter with Jesus at the retreat and is now regularly attending the Elbasan church. In addition, her daughters are going to enroll in Pathfinders. The weekend touched many lives and will continue to have an effect for years to come. [tedNEWS]


 tedNEWS Staff: Victor Hulbert, editor; Esti Pujic, associate editor
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