One week ago we arrived at the Bethany Christian Services compound in a town just outside of Tirana Albania, for the very last leg of our trip! It is a huge house with 20 beds, two levels and lots more room for the little kids to run around and play. Being here allows us to be closer to the places that my mom and Kiara need to go, like medical appointments. Also, being near Tirana allows us to be able to go on some field trips with two very nice missionary families. We all really needed a change of pace and moving here provided that. We only had 5-6 hours of notice to pack up in Elbassan. This also included washing and drying the linens of the apartment, washing the dishes, and cleaning. Also amid the chaos of all the packing and cleaning Conner was working on making a gospel tract in Albanian with the help of our Grandmother and a missionary friend here in Albania. We wanted to give them out to all the people we bought fruits, vegetables, and food from for weeks and all the people we walked past on our way to and from Kiara’s orphanage.
There wasn’t enough room in one van for all of us to go together, so Megan, Juliana and I went on the first trip with a lot of the luggage. The rest of the family stayed back to finish up with the apartment and take a walk to give out the gospel tracts. Please pray for the people who received the good news, that seeds would have been planted!
This morning a big frozen bottle fell on my mom’s toe and caused her a lot of pain. But she still went on her daily morning walk for exercise! It was a bit bruised and swollen when I looked at it. Please pray that it wouldn't cause her any more pain. She is doing fine now!
This afternoon we had a bit of trouble with the police. Conner was innocently flying his drone outside the house we are staying in. But little did he know, the palace of the president of Albania is practically in our back yard, and he was flying his drone by it! 13 police and security came and surrounded him. They came from every direction, even climbing over the fence. Thankfully one of the missionaries here and a man who works with Bethany came to explain and translate. Conner had to go for questioning and they took his drone too. My mom couldn’t go but the man who works with Bethany went with him. The police are keeping his drone for a couple of days. (Since the writing of this they have had the drone for 1 week and they are continuing to investigate, we had to give power of attorney to someone to handle this once we leave) Please pray that they are gracious and give it back within the next 40 hours! We are trusting that this happened for a reason, that God will get the glory, and that many will come to Christ through this!
We enjoyed two sightseeing trips (see our next blog post) with two very sweet adoptive missionary family here in Tirana. We are very excited to be coming home soon! Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and support, it has made the time go by sweeter and quicker!
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