Wednesday morning saw the band setting up their equipment and doing sound checks with plenty of time and no problems like lack of electricity. The photo below gives you some idea of the main meeting hall with just the band in it.
Late morning saw people begin to arrive firstly from Librazhd
and then from Elbasan
quickly followed by Burrel and Korca, Lezhe and Tirana. Last year we had about 80-90 at Camp. This year we are nearer to 140, so the numbers have increased significantly. If you saw the bedrooms you would see bunk beds everywhere! The afternoon began with lunch, here it is at 2pm, followed by free time and then the evening meeting. Below are Amy, Natalie and Heather all set to greet people, hand them their bangle with our slogan on it Jeta ne Fitore...Life in Victory just before the evening meeting when the first session began.
Worship was followed by a clear, well illustrated and powerful talk from Liam about the chains of sin that hang round us but have been put on Jesus in our place. Many people responded to what he said and several young people became followers of Jesus for the first time
Here is Amy praying with one of the girls..
and here are some from Librazhd responding
and others from Elbasan, with tears.
Thus morning Thursday, saw Robert from Lezhe talk about what the Bible says about living in victory. Robert was relevant, humourous and powerful.
Thus was followed by a break, and then a couple of seminar sessions which all our team were involved in leading before lunch. Here is Amy with some of her girls leading a seminar on prayer.
This afternoon the team are having some down time. This is there 6th day on the go and Lee thought it good to take them just a few miles away across the border into Macedonia to Sveti Naum, Saint Naum, a world away from the conference and its intensity.
Finally a word about posting comments. You may not know, but you can send us comments and we read them and then decide whether we publish them publicly or not. My sister from New Zealand for example sent me some personal comments, that I didn't make public. We love to receive your comments as it tells us at least someone is reading this! Lots of love, Ken and Ann
Some of the varied Books I've read recently in no particular order....
The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni. Another one of those books I wish I could have read 20 years ago. Excellent about how to achieve organisational health.
The Orthodox Church by Timothy Ware. very helpful in helping to understand Orthodox history and thinking. The Orthodox Church is the main church in Serbia and Macedonia.
Austria-Hungary and the orgins of the first world war. Helps with the historical background to the Balkans. The Powers at work then are still at work today, politically, economically. Samuel R Williamson Jr
Bradt Guide to Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia etc (excellent and sometimes the only guides avaiable for lesser known countries)
Jesus through Middle Eastern eyes. Opened my eyes to see the Gospels in a new way. Kenneth E Bailey