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I am so glad that you found us. Let me introduce myself. My name is Mike Durante. I am the pastor of Hope Albanian Church in Elmwood Park, NJ.
The first time I was in Albania was 1994 with a group from my church. I knew at that time that God was calling me to help Albanian people learn about God. Since 2001 I have been the pastor of the first Albanian Evangelical church in the States. I have also lived in Albania and worked with a wonderful group of people there to teach the people about Jesus and bring them out of the darkness they had lived in for 500 years of Turkish rule and 50 more years of the worst communist system that the world has ever seen.
It is my honor and privilege to be the pastor of this Albanian church. It is my goal to tell every Albanian I meet about Jesus so that they can know real peace and the joy of knowing what their future will be.
I would love to meet you. Please come and join us one Sunday. You need to know about God. He really does love you!
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
To that end, our pastor travels twice every year to Albania to teach, preach, and bring the Gospel to Albanian people. He is currently heading up the formation of a new Bible school in Libonik, Albania which will be free for all students and taught by various pastors from different countries.
In addition to this, he is on the Board of Directors or Hands of Providence International, and Jesus for Muslims Ministries, a network of ministries working with Muslims from all over the world who now reside in the US.
It is our goal to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to Albanian people all over the world as the Lord directs. Blessings to you dear friends.
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
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We pray for each others concerns every week. If you have a problem or are feeling burdened, come and let us pray for you.
If you can play an instrument or sing, or both, we need you. Come and use your God-given gifts as we worship God together.
Hope Albanian Church welcomes all children into our congregation. As we begin to see more coming, we need to develop a program to teach them God's Word and model that for them. If you feel called to children's ministry, why not come and help us in this.
We would love to begin some work to help the Albanian community. We need people to do that. If you have it in your heart to help people, we would love to have you join us in that effort.