1,000 Miles for Albania... Complete. It's been a full year of vision casting and ten months of running, in and out of a boot twice, mile after mile accomplished, days of joy and laughter, days of pain and frustration. This past Saturday, I finished the final 26.2 miles of the 1,000 at the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, AL.
In the process, I have found God's continued calling on my life and the true feeling of love.
I have prayed and wept for people I know and people I will never meet. I have loved new friends and life long ministry partners. I have gone through phases of selflessness and sacrifice to find surrender.
While I was in Albania this past summer, one of the phrases that stuck with me and we use quite often at home is "shumë e mirë". It means "very good". Looking back over all of the days from this year, the only emotion and thought I am left with is shumë e mirë.
Shumë e mirë for the battles that were faced for a people who need God. Shumë e mirë for the battles I faced within my physical, mental, and spiritual self. Shumë e mirë for the way that has been mapped for those that will follow to help this amazing country. Shumë e mirë for the people who have given generously and obeyed the calling of the Father. Shumë e mirë for the result of lives lived in obedience.
In the end that is all any of us want to hear. Those that God calls, He enables. He is the One that gives strength to the weary and moves the mountains that seem to big to overcome. In the end, all of us hope to hear God say, "Very Good- Well Done, my good and faithful servant".
I still have a few weeks before the final day of this year. I hope to continue to raise financial support and give the church the total amount of money they need to purchase the floor below them to use for their ministry and leadership school. Here's the link if you would like to contribute Give a Tax Deductible donation Please designate as 1,000 Miles for Albania.