Living in America, more times than not, means that we have more than we need. It also means that we are usually in a better financial position to help those in need around the world. So, with generous hearts and in the Spirit of Christmas, I thought it would be wonderful to give people in America an opportunity at Christmas to give to those in Albania.
By clicking this link you can donate a tax-deductible gift to the church in Albania Christmas Gifts That Give To Albania *designate as 1,000 Miles for Albania. Then, all you need to do is contact me at email@example.com and let me know what donation you have made and I will send you a special picture for your donation and a story of Albania for you to give someone you love this Christmas!
Here are some gifts to purchase in honor of those you love! All of the money will go to the church in Albania and allow them to further advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Byrek is a common snack you can buy in Albania at restaurants and on the street. It is their version of our hot pocket and can either be savory or sweet. I actually stopped in at a bakery on one of the streets in Albania and got a mini byrek lesson from one of the ladies there.
Donate $5 to the church in Albania and I will email you a special photo of a byrek and a story from Albania for you to gift to someone you love this Christmas.
Olive Oil in Albania is the best I have ever had! They use it in all of their foods and bread with tomatoes, herbs, and olive oil is served as an appetizer at every restaurant and it is absolutely amazing!
While I was in one of the cities there, I bought 5 quarts to bring home with me because it was so incredible. It's like liquid gold in our home and I use it about once a week to have a little taste of my home away from home.
Donate $10 to the church in Albania and I will email you a special photo of Albanian olive oil and a story from Albania for you to gift to someone you love this Christmas.
The currency of Albania is called Lek. This bill is 2000 lek and it is worth about $20 US Dollars. One of the most beautiful things about US Dollars and Albanian Lek is that our dollars can provide so much for the people in Albania.
We were able to feed about 30 college students lunch for two days while we held our English classes during the mission trip and we spent less than $50 total! The Roma children that are being helped through the House of Hope feeding program are being helped tremendously through our US Dollars. What a blessing to be able to work and earn money here in America and it go such a long way in helping people throughout the world!
Donate $20 to the church in Albania and I will email you a special photo of Albanian Lek and a story from Albania for you to gift to someone you love this Christmas.
Having a donkey in Albania is a very important part of daily life for most Albanian people who live outside the capital city of Tirana. A donkey costs about $40 and can provide people with transportation and much needed help in their everyday responsibilites and chores. Many of the farmers will use a donkey's help to transport their crops to sell along the roadside or to go into the city or another town.
While we were visiting we learned that donkeys were part of a popular Albanian game much like our version of Punch Bug. When you see a donkey in Albania, you yell out "Gomar" and you receive points for a donkey alone, a donkey carrying a man, a donkey carrying a woman, and a donkey seen inside the city of Tirana. We had a blast looking for donkeys and screaming out Gomar trying to beat everyone else in the bus as we were traveling.
Donate $40 to the church in Albania and I will email you a special photo of a donkey and a story from Albania for you to gift to someone you love this Christmas.
Cows are not as popular because of the cost but still many Albanian families have one to help feed their children.
One of the most beautiful things that I was reminded about cows in Albania is the Scripture found in Psalm 50:10 For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. What an incredible reminder and picture of God's love and provision for His children. When you serve a God who owns everything and knows you and calls you by name, what can cause you to fear or worry about things of this world!
Donate $100 to the church in Albania and I will email you a special photo of a cow and a story from Albania for you to gift to someone you love this Christmas.
While in Albania, I had the priviledge to visit many of the homes of those in the church. In every home, I was welcomed with the most gracious and beautiful spirit. I was treated as if I were a queen and given slippers and refreshments upon arrival.
To rent a small apartment in Albania, you would spend about $200 per month. This seems so reasonable compared to most of the prices we would see here in America, but most of the salaries in Albania are about $200-$400 per month for people as well. That makes having a roof over your head and taking care of your family a little more difficult having their perspective.
In every home I visited, I was convicted more and more how lightly I take a guest being in my home. It really challenged me to see if I treated people with as much respect and care as I was given as a stranger in their homes.
Donate $200 to the church in Albania and I will email you a special photo of an Albanian home and a story from Albania for you to gift to someone you love this Christmas.
Flying to Albania took many hours, but more than anything I realized how much the distance and cost of the plane ticket can limit a missionary going to the beautiful country of Albania to spread the love of Christ.
Depending on the season of travel, a round trip plane ticket from America to Albania will cost you between $800.00-$2,000.00.
One of the most important things to recognize is how important those plane tickets are. Even with such a high cost, it is vital that missionaries keep going to Albania to help advance the Gospel. The local pastors, teachers, leaders need our help. They need support and encouragement. They need to know we care and we will gladly spend the time and money to go the distance and help Albania find the love of a Savior!
Donate $1,000 to the church in Albania and I will email you a special photo of the Albanian Airlines and a story from Albania for you to gift to someone you love this Christmas.
I hope that you will use this opportunity to Give a Gift that Gives even more to the church in Albania. I know your friends and family will feel so special to have been someone who helped bring Christ at Christmas to Albania!