Dallas is my precious puppy that I rescued a year ago. She was 4 weeks old when a friend found her for me, and was close to death. She is now healthy and spoilt, and a good companion for me. Even the Vet is amazed at the changes in her, but its all thanks to prayer and TLC.
Dallas is obedient [when it suites her] and also very friendly with people. She is a good tool in meeting people and drawing a crowd, especially children. . . But the Albania word for puppy is “bubi” [pronounced booby]. . . So often when I walk her down the main street I am followed by chorus calling out “bubi, bubi” . . . Good thing not many understand the connotation of this word in English.
Beni and Bardha Celanji are close friends of mine. They have taken me [and Dallas] in and given me room and board as a Blessing. This has been a huge help in enabling me to stay longer in Albania as I have to trust God for daily provision.
I was also giving English lessons to children, but this is temporarily on hold. I am still in contact with the children. And look to start courses not just with them but with some of the ladies in the church as well.
I visit the Catholic orphanage at least once a week, to love on the children, help feed them etc. the children range from 1 day to 7 years old. A lot of them have some type of disability. [usually mental]
Little Nikoli [now called Ryan] was adopted by a dwarf couple from America. He has settled in nicely into the family, and loves his new sister. [it was filmed for Discovery Health Channel – so you might have seen his story].
“ Tani” was born with a digestive system that hadn’t formed properly, and there was little hope he would survive. He also has Down Syndrome. But he has thrived in the year I have known him. He is almost 2 yrs old now. [in the first picture he was 9 months old but looked much smaller]
I have had the privilege of meeting his adoptive parents. They are a wonderful Christian couple. They told me that when David goes home, a local hospital [specialising in children’s prosthetics] is giving him free care and prosthetics till he is 21…. Isn't God amazing?
We are really crying out and trusting God to intervene in this little girls life. She is completely abandoned by her parents. We are trusting for funds and possibility to go for reconstructive operations. [Albania does not have the facilities]. We are also trusting for her to be adopted into a loving home.
This group of girls are really close to me, and we have lots of fun together. But beyond that, they are all single, which at their age in this culture is a big NO NO. so I spend a lot of time encouraging them to wait for God’s best… building identity etc.
I spend a lot of time forming friendships with people who are not Christian. This is my ex- landlady. She is now a born again Christ Follower and we had the privilege of baptising her (in her bathtub). At the moment I am praying with her sister Veri [daily] . . . She has been diagnosed with cancer and we are trusting for complete healing and salvation. . . For the whole family.
I make it a goal to strive for unity among the churches in the city. I have friends in every church, and am friends with most of the pastors. I try to help restore friendships and build new ones. I love to network with people.
… I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning. From ancient times, what is still to come. I say: “my purpose will stand and I will do all that I please. From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do. Listen to me you stubborn-hearted, you who are far from righteousness. I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed.
You are to help your brothers until the Lord gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they too take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving them. After that, you may go back and occupy your own land….”