How do you feel when you see children collecting plastic bottles to have enough to eat instead of going to school?  Would you like to be part of making a difference? Could you see yourself loving and teaching them, sharing God's word of hope? OM Albania has a ministry aimed at these people, the Emanuel Center in Lushnje.

Start Date: January and August
Commitment Length: 1-2 years (Full Time)

In Lushnje, we have been running the Emanuel Centre for 14 years and are are reaching out to about 35 Sinti and Roma families. They are mostly illiterate and very few have jobs. So, they go to collect plastic bottles or beg. The children are forced to do the same if they want to eat and because of this they have almost no rights in Albanian society. They aren't thinking of the future - they live day by day.

We offer kids clubs and homework help for the children, women's Bible studies, and food packages for those who go to school. We visit them in their houses and share God's hope with them. In the summer, we run evangelistic camps. We need people who like to play football with the teenage boys or hang out with the teenage girls and can be an example for them.

You will need:

  • Willingness to learn Albanian
  • Humility
  • Flexibility
  • A love for people and for sharing the Gospel with them
  • Knowledge of leading a Bible study
  • Willingness to be a homework assistant
  • Sport skills
  • Playing the guitar would be nice
  • An outgoing personality and find joy in making new relationships

Most people joining OM raise financial support towards the cost of their salaries/expenses. This is usually through gifts from home churches and other supporters. Training and support in this is provided.

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