Summer is Here! The Miracle of Life
July sees the summer camp season begin for A2B. This year’s theme is “the miracle of life” and it’s great to see the children enjoying life through games, singing, craft and lots of water! The Albanian team are working with World Vision, Passi and Beyond and volunteers from Malta, US, Canada and the UK to provide a safe space for over 250 children to have fun, develop relationships and learn about Jesus. For some of the children in the program, particularly those referred to us by the Elbasani social work team, this can be quite a contrast to normal life. So it’s a privilege to be able to offer fun, food and friendship as well as the hope of a life spent in relationship with the living God.
Please give thanks for all the people involved in the project, organisers and children, give thanks for the opportunities there will be and the collaboration between organisations. Please pray for the children that they are safe, make happy memories and are excited to hear how much their Father in heaven loves them. Pray that the children and parents respond to His call. Please also pray for the staff and volunteers, it’s a lot of work to plan activities and deliver the program for so many children and young people. Pray for strength, health, patience and hearts overflowing with love!
“We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers”
1 Thessalonians 1:2
“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado.
It’s amazing to know that our prayers rise like incense to our Father in heaven, where he hears every word we speak and delights in the time spent together. A2B thrives on your prayers, you do make a difference and we thank God for you and celebrate the clear answers He gives to those prayers.
Thanks again for your prayers and for your continued support of A2B.
Bread of life Day Centre Elbasan
Give thanks for the 60+ elderly and 30+ children that we feed every day. Please pray for the elderly to be protected from the high summer temperatures. To help them from needing to travel, a food package is provided during July and August so they don’t need to go out. This helps with the physical strain, but can increase loneliness. Please pray people would not feel isolated but would know the love of Christ.
Elections for the new Mayor
We have maintained this item over the past few months and will continue to do so because it is so important to the future of A2B and the city of Elbasan. There is to be a mayoral election in February. Mayors hold significant power in Albania so please pray that God would put the right person in this position. Pray for a leadership that governs without corruption and with love for the benefit of the people.
Family Link/Clinic/Bible Club
34 families are registered in the family link scheme and 5 new families are asking for help. Give thanks for transformed family lives and children excelling at school.
Give thanks for the revised food bank and for Mariglen, Ardjan and others who have set up a network of supporters in the food seller community. Twice a week they collect around 200 kg of fresh fruit and vegetables that is used to support A2B and other organisations that seek to feed people as well as providing for those that approach A2B directly. Please pray this level of support continues and the sellers feel part of the great work that is going on.
We calculated that around 500 people each month are positively impacted by the assistance and services that A2B offers. Give thanks that God has grown the organisation and provided all we need. Please pray for wisdom and obedience to follow His leading for the next chapter.
House of Opportunity
There are currently 3 male residents and one female. Another 2 girls may be joining shortly. Please pray for them, that they will flourish in the house and grow to be who God made them to be.
Parent of the year 2018!
Give thanks for amazing mums and dads who seek the best for their children even in difficult circumstances. Pray for love and joy to multiply in their homes. Pray that A2B would be able to support and encourage these heroes.
The poor will again find joy in the LORD, and the neediest of people will rejoice in the holy one of Israel. (Isaiah 29:19)