Celebrate Jesus' Mission Again

Andrew Opari

READ : Romans 15:14-21 With great effort my Albanian brothers and sisters managed to register their radio station and get a license. And they were fighting financial difficulties in poverty-stricken Albania to begin broadcasting for real. Our Lord Jesus was not born in a fancy rich place, but he became the most famous person on earth. Although his beginning was insignificant, Jesus was sure of his mission and goal. Through the faces of these youth who welcomed me, I could …

Christmas in Albania

Andrew Opari

READ : Matthew 4:12-17 Christmas in Albania after Communism? It would have been unbelievable and totally unacceptable 12 years ago. This tiny country in Europe was suffering under the most severe stalinist-style dictatorship. If anyone would venture to celebrate the birth of our Savior, they risked imprisonment and deportation. I happened to be in Albania for Christmas 2001. I was invited by some young people of “Radio 7,” the newest Christian radio station in Albania. Going to the radio station …

Jesus Set Me Free

Andrew Opari

READ : John 8:31-41 People in the West are free to do whatever they like and they take that liberty for granted. Many of them think they are free because they live in a democratic society, but if you ask them about the freedom Jesus brings, some stop to ponder. It’s like me. I thought I knew Jesus, but now I can say that I knew nothing of him. When I came to the West I thought I was free …

Then We Found Each Other

Andrew Opari

READ : Jeremiah 31:31-34 The years went by and I gradually began to understand the communist threat and suppression in Albania. I wanted to read something, but Bibles and other religious literature had long disappeared. The big Albanian dictionary did not include entries like Bible, Jesus, priest, church, Christian and Christianity. When I think about that time, it makes me laugh and cry at the same time. We were denied our identity; we were denied our past. Only after I …

I Thought I Knew Him

Andrew Opari

READ : 1 Corinthians 2:1-10 I’m among those millions of people who thought they knew the Lord. Born in Albania, a country of philosophical paradoxes, a troubled past, suffering under the severest communist dictatorship and constitutional atheism, I thought that I had the luck to know the Lord. Was I right? I thought I was. I was baptized in secrecy in Albania. My grandmother tried to bring me up as a Christian Orthodox believer because my parents were afraid to …