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Albania Missions Highlight

Dielli Family | Erion, Melodie, Samuel, and Sarah

The Diellis have been working alongside GCV missionaries, Cory and Kristine Cramer, planting a church in Pogradec, Albania. God is greatly blessing their ministry and new church plant and we are excited to be partners with them. Erion is an Albanian national who comes from a Muslim background. He was saved through a VBS program that was run in his village when he was twelve years old. Erion and Melodie were married in 2008. She is an American who grew up in San Diego, CA. At the age of twelve, she felt that God was calling her to be a missionary. She graduated from San Diego Christian College and moved to Albania as a missionary in 2005 where she worked in the church of Korca as the junior-high director. Prayer cards for the Diellis are available at the Hub.


Cramer Family | Cory, Kristine, Shiloh, and Taliah

In 2012 the Cramers led a team to Albania and hosted an English Camp for youth. It was during this camp that God gave Cory and Kristine a love for Albania, the young people, the culture, and a heart to see Albanians find salvation in Jesus Christ. The Cramers moved to Albania in 2014 and have been working alongside the Diellis to plant the church in Pogradec. The Cramers will be back stateside on furlough the first of the year as they prepare to welcome their third child. Prayer cards for the Cramers are available at the Hub. 


Ways You Can Get Involved

1. Pray: Be in prayer for the new church that has been planted in Pogradec and the work that the Cramers and Diellis are doing in the city. Pray the preparations and construction would continue to move along quickly for their new church building. You can also pray for a safe delivery for the Cramers third child, due in February.  

2. Give: To donate to the Dielli Family click here (choose McDonald/Dielli-Melodie). To donate to the Cramer Family click here.  

3. Go: Consider applying to join the short term team that GCV will be sending next summer, July 13–25. This team will partner with the Cramers and Diellis to run a youth camp to teach English and share the Good News of the Gospel! For more information click here

4. Learn: You can pick up the following resources from the church office.

Dispatches from the Front: A Bold Advance | $5
Albania, Kosovo & Montenegro
This video is set in the rugged regions of Albania, Kosovo & Montenegro among people deeply wounded by war and brutal dictatorships. Yet here in the scarred land are those who have been changed inside-out by the power of Christ.

Gospel Meditations for Missions | $1
Thirty-one daily, Gospel-saturated, readings intended to stir ordinary Christians with the urgency of the Great Commission.




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