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TACO Albania Spring - Prayer update #2

May 7, 2015

Dear Friends,

Saturday evening we presented in a school courtyard for a community in Tirana. There were lots of kids again but because of the setting we were able to keep things more contained and controlled. The band blended together even better. Jarred was a crowd favorite as he created a song with his loop pedal. An older Albanian man really loved Chris' singing and hung out after the show talking up a storm in Italian. He must have had an opera background because he belted out a few Italian tunes of his own. It was quite entertaining.

Many Bibles and other Christian literature were handed out again after the show to eager recipients. Sam talked to an interested guy for quite a while afterwards. This guy is Muslim but really connected with our message and took a Bible home to read. He is struggling financially so pray for his material needs as well as his spiritual needs. Also pray for wisdom as Sam continues to connect with him via Facebook.

Sunday night our show was cozy, as our "stage" and audience were all contained on a sidewalk. Despite the awkward set up, a couple hundred people gathered and quite a few raised their hands indicating a desire to follow Jesus! There is an active church near the area where we performed and many from the church attended and helped. There was a sign on a light pole in the intersection next to us advertising the church location down the road, which Dustin pointed out as he challenged people to connect with the church. There wasn't a place for our grounding rod so a few shocks were delivered to the musicians from their mics and other metal. Thankfully, they all survived and still made great music tonight!

Over 300 Bibles have been handed out at our 3 shows and dozens have indicated a desire to follow Jesus for the first time! Thanks for praying with us for these people to connect with local churches and grow in their understanding of and commitment to God!

Me Shprese (With Hope),

TACO Albania team

TACO Albania Spring - Prayer update #1

May 6, 2015

Dear Friends,

Happy May Day! It's a holiday here in Albania so we have a day off to rehearse and rest.

Our team arrived in Tirane Albania on Tuesday, March 28. We consist of: Dave from Turkey (TACO director) leading the team and herding kids at shows, Chris (American from Istanbul TACO team) running sound and singing, the Aussie band Sam (keys and vocals), Paul (guitar and vocals), Jarred (guitar and vocals), Lauren (drums and vocals) and Nevel (guitar, vocals, harmonica); Dustin (unicycling) and Katie (dancing) from America; and Sabre (Albanian pastor/church planter) our local organizer.

It was not the best welcome to arrive and learn that our amp that we've stored here has gone missing and all Dustin's wooden structures that he uses for the obstacle course part of his show were left out in the rain and rotted.

Wednesday, March 29 was a rehearsal day and yesterday, Thursday was our first show in a poor neighborhood in Tirane. This area has a new, small church plant with about 30 people led by a Roma couple. The show was a good dress rehearsal as we put all the elements together. We performed in a smooth surface, fenced-in basketball court in the center of an apartment block. The majority of our audience (which gathered the minute we unloaded and started setting up) was very rambunctious kids. Dave's kid corralling skills came in very handy, as the kids were everywhere and very hard to contain. We tried to keep them behind a rope to create a "stage" area but they kept come through holes in the fence elsewhere. Basketballs flew into the band a few times as they were performing, one even hitting Nevel and knocking his guitar pick out of his hand.

But, despite the chaos, more than 20 people of all ages visually responded to the Gospel message and invitation to follow Jesus! Lots of Bibles and other material were handed out to the eager crowd. Sabre was very happy with the results and said our efforts were not in vain. He said he's heard many reports of kids leading their parents to Christ. The kids take the Bibles and literature home, ask their parents to read it to them, the parents end up hearing the truth and turning to Jesus. A couple men connected with Sabre after the show and are planning on attending the church.

Unfortunately, since the show last night, 3 of our mics have gone missing. It was super crazy packing up after the show so we're not sure what happened to them. You could pray that they are found! Also pray for the seeds planted last night and for the upcoming 11 days of outreach we have ahead of us! Thanks!

Me Shprese (With Hope),

TACO Albania team

Cool opportunity!

October 16, 2014

Two of our team members are in the US to speak at Moody Bible Institute's missions conference - in fact, they led a hip hop outreach yesterday in Chicago! Pray for them as they lead seminars today and ask God to challenge creative artists there to reach the Muslim world for Him.

One wheel, one message

September 23, 2014

We're currently on tour with our unicycling friends! GREAT outreaches in two cities so far, with hundreds in attendance. We've also seen hundreds of More Than Dreams DVDs go out, a resource we love. It's 5 testimonies of 5 Muslims who have come to Christ through a dream or vision - powerful stories - pray they cause wonder.

The last two days we've been in a city where there are few believers but the ones here are eager to meet others who want to know more about Jesus. We have lots of contacts for them! Pray for fruit.

Tomorrow's an 8 hour drive to the southwest where we've been supporting a new church plant. Thanks for your prayers for us troubadours for the King!

It's the small things

September 10, 2014

We currently have an outreach happening in Albania.  It started rocky when it appeared some local relationships were strained.  Another organisation had come in much better funded - and generous in spreading that funding about -  and so our local organisers were disgruntled at what it was costing them to host us.  

But we see God giving breakthroughs in the weather, in relationships and in fruit!  Our team leader reports:

"Today we went to a small village called Mucoj. They had expected a large crowd to come but not many showed up. In spite of the small crowd, though, the pastor there and our organizers all were pretty excited about the show. They said that even though the crowd was small they had a good amount of interest. They said that it seemed like everyone there wanted more information and for someone to meet with them more to talk about Jesus. Sabri encouraged by saying, “Don’t look at the size of the crowd, look at the quality of the crowd. Last night’s crowd were few but of very good quality in interest.”

Pray that many of those showing interest would come to faith - already we have seen several churches planted across Albania as a result of small, creative shows that preach the Gospel clearly.

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