In Albania, Words of Hope partners with radio station Radio 7 to produce Christian radio programs, print devotionals, and provide a smartphone app. Recently we had the opportunity to organize a series of seminars for Albanian worship leaders as well.
The seminars were highlighted by four concerts featuring well-known Italian songwriter and worship leader, Nico Battaglia. Check out some of his music here.
This is one of the first chances Albanian Christians have had to receive worship leadership training. In addition to the concerts, Nico taught seminars on the heart and goals behind Christian praise and worship, as well as the importance of worship leaders taking time to nurture their own spiritual walk with the Lord so they can effectively nourish others.
Over 100 Albanian worship leaders and Christian musicians participated in the seminars. One worship leader who attended wrote to us saying: “Thank you so much for this worship seminar. It was a great encouragement to have Nico Battaglia sharing and ministering to us. He shared from his servant heart, practical advice for all worship leaders, and he was so open to answer many of our questions. Thank you for coming to our city and organizing this event with us in mind.”
Sharing the Gospel Together
The live concerts drew more than 800 attendees, and more than twenty concert-goers heard the Good News of salvation for the first time.
A young girl from the audience said, “ In the last months I have lived days of unexpected fears and struggles. A friend invited me to the concert, and as I was there, I felt like each of the songs was dedicated to me. My heart was filled with faith and a new hope. I was worshipping God and finding rest in his presence.”
We are so encouraged that Christian leadership training is now able to take place inside Albania. Our prayer is that growing numbers of the population would respond to the gospel of salvation with heartfelt faith. We believe that the words Nico Battaglia sings are true: “There are no limits or impossibilities for Jesus, the living King of kings.”