FRIDAY, MARCH 01, 2024

 

 

Category: Albania

FEBRUARY 2024

As we continue to highlight those that SOFM support through our General Fund each month, here are those who are being supported globally as they bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to both Albania and Italy. 

ALBANIA

In 2014 Step of Faith was introduced to Albania. We started with support for two young Muslim converts who wanted to go to seminary. Years later SOFM continues to support many areas of need in Albania including Pastor Support. SOFM began supporting Pastor Plator as he oversees and ministers to the people of  Libonik and the 98 villages that surround them. Plator’s commitment to spreading the Gospel throughout this area to those who have never heard the name of Jesus [atheists and Muslim communities] is producing so much fruit! Through Pastor Plator, not only are many coming to faith, but there is an “army” of Christians being raised up through these churches to go out and continue to spread the Gospel in this nation. Albania has less than 2% evangelical Christians. Pastor Plator’s support comes through our General Fund.

 

ITALY

In 2012 SOFM began to go to Atlantic City for summer mission trips and serve alongside Pastor Santo Garafalo and his staff of New City Fellowship. Since then, all who go down for summer trips and day trips during the year have been blessed to not only serve this community and share the love of Jesus but also have been discipled by New City about cross-cultural ministry and how to help connect the community to the church. Last year Pastor Santo and his wife MaryEllen moved to Salerno Italy (still serving in their denomination) and helping a small church spread the Gospel in this part of Italy. Surprisingly, Italy has less than 2% evangelical Christians. SOFM continues to support him and what he is doing through our General Fund.

We are excited to partner with these men, their wives and their growing ministry.  If you would like to help get behind the funding of one of them, you can, by donating through our General Fund. Your support will help SOFM continue our global outreach to those who have yet to hear and receive Jesus. And your prayers for them is always appreciated! God is blessing their ministries in big ways! Thank you!

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for those who said “yes” and gave to the Grains of Grace Feeding Program in Haiti during the month of October! Because of the generous contributions, this fund went from only a 4 month supply ($1200 a month that feeds 94 families) to a 15 month supply!! Thank you!!

As we get closer to the end of the year, we have 3 other areas that are in need of attention. All three of these areas are a part of our Albania ministries that Step of Faith supports. We are asking for prayers for those who are directly affected through the Christmas Shoe Box ministry, the Bundles of Blessings food distribution  and the Pastoral / Staff Support.

Here is a brief description of these areas of need. All three of these areas are currently low in funding. If you would like to help, you can do so through our website using Paypal, or a check mailed to: Step of Faith Ministry / PO BOX 805 / BRICK, NJ 08723 

BOXES…

Step of Faith has been sending $5000 a year to help with the costs of trucks and fuel that distribute 5000 Christmas Shoeboxes to children in the 98 villages that Pastor Plator’s churches minister to. Many of these villages are remote, high in the mountains that surround the main church in Libonik. Most of the children that receive the shoeboxes are Muslims or atheists. However, the Gospel of Jesus is given to them within these boxes and many children are coming to Christ.

 

BUNDLES…

Bundles of Blessings food distribution started during covid when the mayor of Maliq asked Pastor Plator if he could help with humanitarian aid to many who were suffering. Step of Faith “stepped up” and started sending $3600 a quarter so that 24+ families can receive monthly food bundles. These families are very poor, many not knowing Jesus. Month after month these families are being ministered to by the staff from Pastor Plator’s church, led by Denis, a man of God who has a very compassionate heart to help.

 

THE FEET THAT BRING THEM…

 

 

 

 

Every quarter Step of Faith sends $5100 to help with both Pastoral and staff support. Without the many who are the hands and feet going out, evangelizing, bringing the Good News, distributing to those in need and pastoring in the churches, much of what is currently happening would be limited. There are many volunteers, but there are also many that God has raised up who are in a staff position so that they can do their ministry full time. There are approximately 71% Muslim and 27% atheist in Albania, leaving less than 2% Christians. There is a lot of work to be done and support to be given so that the Gospel can spread and lives can be changed.

Here is a short “Thank You” video from most of those who Step of Faith currently supports: https://youtu.be/fyY0mYexito

Bob Hager once told me… “If you have a need, make it known.” We appreciate your prayers and consideration in helping build back up these 3 vital areas of support within Step of Faith!

Blessings and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

 


Hello Everyone!

We have been back from Albania for a little over a month. It was another amazing trip! We were able to see first hand how the ministry through Pastor Plator’s churches continue to grow! The pattern of starting a children’s program that can grow and is growing into a church within the villages around Libonik (the home church) continues to expand!

We visited churches that were there last year, and new ones that are starting, as well as the ongoing children’s programs and new ones that are just beginning. Unlike last year when we entered a village we had to go and look for children, this year, the children came to us and where at the locations waiting for us! It was beautiful! There is still so much need within this ministry, including funding to continue the Residential Home [orphanage] and Day Center for Street Children. The Bundles of Blessings feeding program continues to bless over 20 families a month and share the love of Jesus with those who need Him and also needs yearly support.

If you missed the video that shows our trip… here it is!  https://youtu.be/I3udbtKI_fc                                          

Thank you for your continued support and prayers!!


Contact Step of Faith

    Step of Faith Ministry, Inc.
    PO Box 805
    Brick, NJ 08723
    United States of America