What seems like ages ago, but is only last Thursday, Lydia and Gita and Ann and I left Gatwick bound for Albania. Lydia and Gita are here to help several churches develop their work amongst children. First in our time here was meeting the Roma children that Shaban and Elvira work with from their church in Tirana. Lydia introduced them to games with her multi coloured parachute. We played these indoors as it was pouring with rain outside. As you can see the kids loved it! A quantity of materials were left with the leaders for their use with the children.
Then it was time to catch a minibus to Elbasan. After leaving our things in the apartment in Elbasan we were ready to eat, so fast food was the order of the day,
On Monday it was time to show Gita and Lydia some of the sights of Elbasan. These include the Ethnographic Museum, which may sound tiresome, but it is in an old Ottoman house with a beautiful balcony and with rooms decorated as they would have been in times past. It is a good introduction to Turkish Muslim culture that has prevailed here for almost 500 years.