In Albania, Brazilian Students Reach Out
In a two-week period, 29 young Brazilian Seventh-day Adventists held a historic evangelistic outreach in the city of Korçë, in southeastern Albania. Performed as an international version of Mission Caleb, the impact on the city was substantial: more than 15,000 copies of the bookSigns of Hope, translated into Albanian, were distributed. Young volunteers visited every home in the town. Each night about 80 Albanians attended the evangelistic meeting.
EVANGELISTIC EXCHANGE: A few of the 29 Brazilian young adults who helped with an evangelistic effort in Korce, in southeastern Albania.Seventeen years earlier, in 1994, Korçë, near Albania’s border with Greece, was the gateway for Adventism in Albania. There was built the first Seventh-day Adventist church in the country, the work of missionary pastor Oliveiros Ferreira. Today, Ferreira is president of the Adventist Church for the central region of São Paulo. He was the general coordinator of the effort in the European country.
People were impressed with the young Brazilians’ efforts. They pledged to communicate with the Albanians in their language and used a special phrase book to talk about the evangelistic meetings and literature.
Communicating via the Internet, Oliveiros Ferreira, Jr., a pastor in the South Sâo Paulo conference, directed Korçë services and held a videoconference with leaders of the Adventist Church for the central region of São Paulo, Campinas. He presented a report and told experiences of people sensitized to the Christian message. A young man who attended the meetings every evening signed up for Bible studies, along with his wife. The inquirer is determined to be baptized into the Adventist Church.
Another young man, a faithful Adventist member in the Albanian capital of Tirana, collaborated with the Brazilians for evangelism. He worked in a mall, when he was pressed to work on Saturday, the Bible Sabbath. Local church leaders decided to hire the young man as an evangelist on the day he was fired from his job because of his loyalty to the Sabbath.
—Heron Santana, ASN staff, South American Division