The Adventist Church in Albania Celebrates 32nd Anniversary

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The Adventist Church in Albania Celebrates 32nd Anniversary

To mark the anniversary, the church in the region released a specially composed song and a book.

News | Albania | Sarah Henke, with ANN Staff

On April 27, 2024, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Albania celebrated its 32nd anniversary. Members from across the country gathered in Tirana, the country's capital, for a special program, themed: "Jezusi po vjen sërish!" (Jesus is coming again!).

The program featured testimonies, songs, and moments of quiet reflection on the history of the church in the country. To mark the anniversary, a specially composed song and a book were released.

Praise and worship time, included the new song by Marko Frasheri, "Jezusi Vjen me Lavdinë e Tij" (Jesus Comes in Glory).
Praise and worship time, included the new song by Marko Frasheri, "Jezusi Vjen me Lavdinë e Tij" (Jesus Comes in Glory).

Pastor Marko Frasheri, composer of the song, shared, “Hearing the whole congregation singing the new song in unison ... was one of the greatest moments and joys of my life.”

The celebration also served as a platform to launch Dennis Smith’s newly translated 40 Days of Prayer to Strengthen Your Relationship with God. Pastor Gentian Thomollari (Albanian Mission Publishing Ministries director) believes the book will be a catalyst for spiritual revival, helping members “experience God’s miracles through intercessory prayers in small groups, as two churches have already experienced.”

Gentian Thomollari (Albanian Mission Publishing Ministries director) promoting Dennis Smith’s, 40 Days of Prayer to Strengthen Your Relationship with God, newly translated into the Albanian language.
Gentian Thomollari (Albanian Mission Publishing Ministries director) promoting Dennis Smith’s, 40 Days of Prayer to Strengthen Your Relationship with God, newly translated into the Albanian language.

Reflecting on the anniversary’s significance, Pastor Delmar Reis, the president of the Albanian Mission, remarked, “When church members and friends gather to celebrate, it’s a special time of unity and praise. It’s also a precious opportunity for connection, reflecting on how God has guided this church over the years.”

Klodjana Koleci, a local church member, agrees with Reis. “We laughed, we sang, and we praised God together. Sharing the table with my church family was particularly meaningful. It was a day filled with love, joy, and gratitude, and I feel immensely blessed to have been a part of it.”

Looking to the future, the Albanian Mission is resolved to make this anniversary celebration an annual fixture. This year’s celebration theme focused on the Second Coming of Jesus. It is a theme that reverberates deeply throughout the Mission, serving not only as a testament to the church’s identity, but also as a resounding call to members to embrace their most fervent hope. Reis emphasized, “Our church was founded by those eagerly anticipating Jesus’ return, and our mission remains steadfast – to spread the good news that Jesus will indeed return soon.”

Albanian Mission members and friends gather together in the country’s capital – Tirana, to celebrate 32 years of mission – in recent times.
Albanian Mission members and friends gather together in the country’s capital – Tirana, to celebrate 32 years of mission – in recent times.

The original article was published on the Trans-European Division news site.