WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2024

 

 

Category: Albania

Look what God is doing in a country that is less than 2% Evangelical Christian…

While we may think it was a late Easter celebration for the Albanian people, in God’s eyes, it was His perfect timing!! To know that back in 2014 very little of what is happening now was even a thought to carry out, but it was a vision of Pastor Plator! There was no Sovjan church, because there was no Pastor Geno. He had just given his life to Jesus and now was entering seminary. What then began as a small children’s program in a small building in Sovjan that didn’t have heat, has now turned into beautiful celebration services, children’s programs, women’s bible studies and more with Pastor Geno, wife Ela and son Sion!!

 

 

Along with the Easter celebration in Sovjan… in Korce, Pastor Plator and all of his staff, volunteers, and churches, came together for an amazing Easter celebration on Saturday! The room was overflowing with people and praises! God is moving in Albania! We appreciate your continued prayers and support as SOFM continues to be blessed to be a part of what God is doing!

 

MARCH 2024

Children near and far need to hear the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Step of Faith is committed to this and has seen tremendous fruit over many years. Whether in NJ (Maple Leaf Tutoring Program and Atlantic City), Haiti or most recently Albania, there are growing testimonies of changed lives, renewed hope and children becoming teenagers and adults who are telling others about the hope they too can have in Jesus.

We wish that all of you could see for yourself the lives that are being changed and how each life is affecting another right now in both Haiti and Albania….

HAITI

Due to the political unrest in Haiti, we will not be bringing a team down again this summer. This is difficult for those of us who miss our friends and families and desire to be there to encourage them, pray with them and remind them that they are not forgotten. However, there are ways that they can be reminded that we are still here for them and want to continue to help them spread the Gospel. One way is to help them have a Bible Camp and a trip to the beach for those who graduate to the next grade level.

We may not be able to bring supplies and lead a Bible Camp this summer, but because of those who came to Christ as a child and have grown in their faith, they can lead a Bible camp for the younger children. With some financial support, many children can hear the Gospel and receive a meal when they attend.

One of the motivations for students who we support in school and others in the Lac’ajue area, to continue to do well and progress to the next grade even when their country is in such turmoil, is to bring them to the beach for a day. Many of us have had the opportunity to ride on the bus, play in the ocean and enjoy a day with over 100 students and overseers as they are given a small break from the difficulties that they face every day.

For $2500 both of these events can be made possible for our children in Haiti this summer.

 

ALBANIA

For over 5 years SOFM has been investing in the lives of the children and youth of Albania by helping to provide a week long Bible Camp(s) and Youth Retreat. Last year there were over 400 children who attended the Bible Camp and over 100 who were able to go on a 4 day Youth Retreat. As we have seen first hand during our last two trips, the amount of lives that are turning from death to life by receiving Jesus is being multiplied even more as they are growing up and becoming volunteers, staff and leaders in the various churches. Disciples making disciples, bringing the Gospel into their Muslim or atheist homes, and being the light of Christ to so many in their lives. 

 

SOFM is looking to help Pastor Plator meet some of these costs for the two camps this summer by trying to raise $6000.

Whether the children are in a country that is being torn apart by gangs and violence or in a country that is still 71% Muslim with many who have never heard the name ‘Jesus’, our prayer is to help bring the Gospel into these nations one child at a time.

If you would like to be a part of supporting these summer camps – Donations can be given through our General Fund – Paypal  – in the memo: Haiti Summer Camps or Albania Summer Camps

We look to send our support by May 1st for the June / July camps in both Albania and Haiti

And as always… please continue to pray for our friends around the world that are sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to those around them!

 

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!


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