We heard recently about a family from Kosova
like many others,
fled to Albania at the time of the troubles
in their own country
where they’d been leading a Christian church.
Their 5 year old lad, Shpetim, was very concerned about his granny &
grandpa, his aunts and uncles and cousins? What was happening to them back
where the war was going on, he asked?
replied: What did we read in the Bible last Sunday?
The little boy
pondered, then remembered and answered
God will take care of
everything you need.
His father said,
God will take care of all our family.
One by one, fleeing relatives descended on their small apartment. Where would
they all sleep? What would they eat? Each time Shpetim had a question, Dad
simply replied: Remember what we read - God will take care of everything
It wasn't so bad when 6 had arrived, space could be found, and so could plates
and cups, mattresses and pillows. But what happens when there are 40 people? -
God will take care of everything!
Day by day Shpetim's
eyes grew bigger as he saw God provide food for them all; mattresses to sleep
on; even 2 more apartments to rent so everyone had somewhere to sleep! God
really was taking care of everything - right down to the last cup and fork!
Each Sunday Shpetim’s Dad, the Pastor, led a service and during the week he
led a Bible study group. He encouraged the relatives to listen to what he had
to say from the Bible. After all, in answer to prayer God was
feeding them, clothing them and giving them a home and bed, so they might as
well hear what else he had to say!
Shpetim’s old grandmother listened to her son. Things were so different from
the Orthodox Church she knew. You just tell the story like it is, from the
book. This Jesus is impressive, she told her son.
This is the verse
Shpetim’s Dad reminded him of
- like it is, from
My God will meet all
according to his
glorious riches in Christ Jesus.