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Feb14FriWhat Is It? February 14, 2020 Tharwat Eskander
I’ve been thinking about what the term “missions trip” means, it’s used by thousands of high school age kids who decide to go to a poor country overseas to “help” the needy. At the same time by different church groups throughout North America. So what exactly am I planning to do in about a week from now?
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I’d rather call it an “obedience trip” I’m totally going out of obedience to the voice I believe was God’s voice speaking clearly to my heart that said I haven’t forgotten about Albania!
This country that’s slightly smaller than the state of Maryland with a population of 3 million living inside the country and more than 20% of the whole population have migrated outside of the country.
I have a heart for Albania and Albanians, I want to see a Jesus movement happening there and to see Hope coming back to many Albanians. Why Albania? I don’t know exactly, it could be the divine appointment that made me interact with 2 young ladies who came to Canada as international students and got to witness their love and commitment to the Lord? Or is it from my holidays I took back in the summer of 2016 where I got to drive from Tirana to the south shores, a 4 hours of breath taking views and spend a week that made me fall in love with the beauty of this country?
The one thing I know that God is madly in love with Albanians, and that he’s got amazing plans for them. Where do I fit in all of this? Maybe nowhere, maybe I’m just supposed to assure the Albanian church with what I know for sure, that God loves them and he wants to come with his Glory to their country.
I don’t see myself going to “help them” or making a difference, I see myself carrying a message of Hope for Albania, God loves you so much that he sent his only begotten Jesus to save you, receive his love today.