A few days ago I received and email from a special missionary friend. This husky and vibrant worker has travelled and led teams all across the southern Balkans. He told me that “the video of the Mountain people of Northern Albania, is of my guys” and reminded me that these are the people that we reported on almost 2 years ago. This prompted me to go back and find those reports and pictures that he had sent and also to look at the history of this previously unreached people group; The Gorani. From Wikipedia we find that “The Gora region comprises Dragaš municipality in Kosova and Shishtavec village in Albania. They are adherents to Islam and have a rich and varied folk culture.”
My friend’s first report came on September 10, 2008: “Thanks a lot for prayers for the Gollobord outreaches. The G is the Slavic Muslim unreached people group in the Eastern mountains of Albania. After 4 years of teams and outreaches to them and only one convert, we did 2 teams this summer, evangelized and also fixed a school. Many villages were opened up to the Gospel, many tens of people received Jesus.”
The next year, on August 15, 2009 he reported: “We did fine, and so did God, among the Gorans. I think more was done spiritually in 10 days there than in the previous 500 years.” Then on 10 August we received details in a report titled The Goran Outreach:
“The Lord and 18 others of us, 10 from Norway and 8 Albanians (myself included) did a 10 days outreach to the Eastern mountains of Kukes in Albania to touch the Goran people with God’s love, power and mercy. He and we used a multiple action approach: We prayed at ancient church-sites. bound devils at heathen sites, climbed the highest peak in the region to worship God and proclaim His rulership.”
He continues… “gave aid to poor families, did village and house visits, did open air presantations of the Gospel in drama and preaching, repared a kindergarten, organized football matches with local youths, gave educational aid to a school.” He went on to say: “followed up on the very few believers there (some of them became believers during those days, a few others were believers that became founded or strengthened), did children ministry, healed some sick and brokenhearted, cast out some devils, and baptized.
All this the Spirit of God used to change both us , many individuals, families, villages, and the Goran people for the better. And He provided wonderful weather to prove His power to those “who had eyes to see”. We had several days of rain just before our visit and during our time there, so that the person serving us making food etc, was available for us all the time, not needed to water the usually very dry mountaneous fields from early morning to late evening. Other Gorans too saw the blessings of God upon their land making it lush and green and making the temperature a lot more durable than during other summers. Thank you a lot for prayers!”
Plans for the future after the 2009 outreach: “God has given me Psalm 83 as a guide for prayer for the few, young and likely weak Gorani believers… We will do monthly follow ups and also a 4 days team-trip in the middle of the fall, the Lord willing, to look after, build and baptize more believers there.”
Yesterday my friend notified me that the monthly follow-ups were discontinued after a while, but let me know that his Gorani friends have not seen the last of him.