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The second day of the Tirana Leadership Summit was as helpful as the first.  What I think is true, what I walked away from the summit knowing, is that one does not attend these summits for the teachings alone.  One attends for the fellowship which stems from being in the same room with leaders you know and respect, and with people you never knew you wanted to meet.  The family of God, the family God chose for me, the family that is my family because they have also said “yes” to God’s offer to lead their lives, is not as big as you might imagine.  Yesterday I found Betuel and Bianca at the Summit.  I met this lovely couple just a few weeks ago in Macedonia.  They are two of our five missionaries serving at Qender Qiriazi in Skopje.  

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The three of us had lunch together in a restaurant located on the same street as the International Church and the Iranian Embassy.  They invited me to come and serve in Macedonia with them, for as long as I am able to, even if that only means for a week or a few months.  It hadn’t occurred to me until today that I have every reason to go and to participate in what God is doing to move and shape the lives of the people in that city.  When Jonah was sent to Nineveh it was a city of some 120,000 people.  And God said “Should I not be concerned about that great city?” (Jonah 4:11, NIV)  Skopje is a city of over 500,000, and God is surely concerned about it.

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At some point in a missionaries’ journey, after dawning the fabric of Jesus, either God’s concerns become our concerns, or we are in fact making our journey away from God, and not towards Him.   

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