Saturday, October 5
The Presbytery of Santa Barbara continues its empowering partnership with the Emanuel Reformed Church in Albania’s capital city of Tirana. In partnership with the Albanian Task Force, the congregation ordained three outstanding leaders as their first ruling elders. One of its first decisions was to establish a women’s ministry that focused on nurture and outreach. This was a first for the congregation, and demonstrated that this missional partnership is having a positive impact in helping to shape the ministry direction of this congregation. World Mission personnel have been involved in many ways, mentoring the congregation and its pastoral leadership during these early years of Protestant and Reformed congregational life and witness.
It began 23 years ago, when the walls of Europe’s most brutally atheistic Marxist regime fell and Albanians were able to resume religious practice and witness. The good news of the gospel is penetrating every level of Albanian society. Pastor Altin Hysi chairs the Interconfessional Bible Society of Albania. Copastor Zefjan Nikolla, along with representatives of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox communities, completed the first Interconfessional Albanian translation of the New Testament, officially endorsed by all three religious communities. They are hard at work on the Old Testament translation.
In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Zef leads the Albanian InterVarsity chapter. The impact of the congregation’s ministry ranges far beyond the work of one local congregation and has touched many lives.
—Dr. Jan Armstrong, executive presbyter, Presbytery of Santa Barbara
Let us join in prayer for:
Reformed Church of Albania (Presbyterian): Revs. Altin Hysi and Zefjan Nikolla, copastors • Autocephalos Orthodox Church of Albania: His Beatitude Anastasias Yanoloutos, archbishop • Evangelical Alliance of Albania • Inter-Confessional Bible Society of Albania: Rev. Altin Hysi, general secretary InterVarsity/International Fellowship of Evangelical Students: Zefjan Nikolla, general director
Presbytery Partnership: Presbytery of Santa Barbara, with the Reformed Church of Albania
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Rev. Kathy Reeves, PMA
Jessica Reid, PMA
Margaret H. Reiff, PMA
Let us pray
Gracious God, we pray for the work and witness of the Emanuel Reformed Church in Albania. Guide and bless them as they seek to serve you. We pray in the matchless name of Jesus. Amen.