At 13 years old, Ema discovered the hope of Jesus Christ when students from a Bible college came to her small village in Albania to share the Gospel. Now 42 and married with a daughter of her own, she still remembers how she felt that day. Ema describes, “I felt the presence of the Lord in my heart for the first time. I was filled with peace, joy, and redemption from my sins—even though I was just a child.”
Over the years, her faith grew deeper, and she began to feel God calling her to share the Good News with children, just as someone did with her as a child. Ema notes, “Since my heart was open to receiving Christ when I was a child, I believed the hearts of other children would be open too when they heard the Gospel.”
Eventually, God opened doors for Ema and her husband to fulfill this calling in their lives. Today, they serve in a rural area of southeast Albania where people suffer from great poverty. Ema is using Bible League’s Project Philip Bible studies to reach many women and children with the Gospel across three villages. Though the communities are traditionally Muslim, the people are open to hearing the Lord’s message of truth.
A couple of years ago, Ema’s pastor invited her to attend Bible League’s Church Planter Training, and it helped make all the difference in her ministry among young people and women. She says, “While serving the Lord, my life has transformed. I have seen the benefits of this service through Bible League’s programs. I’m filled with godly knowledge, with the help of the Lord and through the training manuals.”
Some of the kids she has reached with the Gospel have found new life in Christ and are now attending the same church as Ema. She beams, “These testimonies fill my heart with emotions as I see the results of what God is doing through Bible League’s materials. The Church Planter Training has been of tremendous help to me in serving the children. I’m so thankful that I can share Bibles and place them in people’s hands.”