Dear Pastor of Vienna Church,
Praying and hoping you all are enjoying God’s
presence everyday in your life.
It’s a great joy for me to share what God is doing
among us in knowing and walking with him.
My name is Elfrida . We as a family come from an Orthodox
background and we celebrate Easter and Christmas, but that's all. In our house
we never had the Bible and feasts were turned into a routine without knowing
the meaning they had. First time I read the Bible was when I was in college because
I found a small book of my older sister and I read the Psalms and
Proverbs. It was great what I was reading, and those were God's words
directing. Not having a Bible of my own and someone to talk to about God,
everything remained the same. When I started school in Tirana and whenever I
felt alone or facing difficulties I went to Church. I went there with the hope that I would find the Lord and He would help
me, but I didn't even know how to pray.
November 2012 after numerous visits with the doctor, I was diagnosed with
displacement of a vertebra. At that time I could not walk anymore and after
the disease had blocked the right foot, the doctor gave me orders to stay
off my feet for a month. During these days while I was sick, someone invited me
to church and my life changed, but being in the situation I was, those
words didn't had much importance to me . In January 2013 I began to go in
the church meetings. I was amazed by the people there, and for the love and
gratitude they had for God and for the love and warmth they showed me.
each meeting I learnt about God, about the love He had for the world, and about
His Son Jesus, who died on the cross for our sins. In May 2013, the last
visit I had at the doctor, he told me that I should have a surgery
and in Albania this intervention wasn't impossible and that it was very
dangerous . This was the moment that I placed my faith in God because no one
else could help me.
life began to change rapidly and everything else took a turn. God is indeed
faithful. In October 2013 I was baptized declaring before others that I believe
in God and from that day I am taking care for the new creation that is within me
by being fed with God's word.
This is Elfrida's testimony, how God opened
her heart towards him. Now she is taking the time thinking and praying to be in
full time ministry in our church. She is very active and brings too much joy to
me and to our team, seeing God’s work in her life. You can pray for the
all process that God will lead her according to his will, and He will provide
for our church to have her full time soon.
I’m enjoying what is doing in our small church but
is growing in faith and I’m happy to see people coming closer to God.
We (me and Bara) have been going to visit women in
their homes. With some of them Bara as started a bible study with those that
are ready to study the bible, some of them are started to come in our church.
Pray for them to cam closer to God and to make the
decision to believe in Jesus. (Shpresa, Rudina, Pashije) they are studying the
bible with Bara.
One day Pashije came to the main service at church
and at the end she asked me, where is the offering box because I have been
reading in the bible and God is telling me to give many to God because when He
is opening the mind to understand we have to do what He is telling us to obey
Him. I was so surprised and encouraged in the same time to see how God can open
her heart as she is reading the bible. She comes every week and have bible study
every week in her home.
We head the women day at 8 March , and the mothers
of the teenager girls that I have bible study with them every week came to the
meeting( Arta , Shpresa, Marjeta, Albina )
Pray for them as we meet God will open the heart to
understand the gospel. It was a great meeting for our women in the church but
and for the nonbelievers.
Thank God for your love, prayers, commitment and
financial support through which God has made possible our service and living!
In His Love and Grace