The kafe was my office today.  Across the street from the International Church is the lokal Pastarella.  It is clean, and well-lit with a working toilet; a man should never want for more.  Visi and Fatjon came into Tirana early so that we might discuss the pending work at the church in Shkozë.  Visi wants to go there with Ylli some time next week in order to get a better feel for what needs to be done.  They walked through the two work sites I am associated with at the International Church, just long enough for Visi to express his disapproval for how the work is proceeding.  When a friend’s word’s lack generosity, you can be assured of his honesty.  We parted ways with hugs and the small head-taps which are customary amongst friends; and I was off to my next meeting.

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I met Sajmir at Sahati Tiranës at 12:15.  We walked to his favorite qofte place for some lunch on the way back to the church, where we enjoyed some good conversation.  Today was the first day that he and I were without Fatjon, our translator.  Not having a translator is like riding a bike without training wheels.  At first it is a little unnerving, but then you figure out that the worst thing that could possibly happen is a scraped knee or a bruised ego.  We communicated famously before long and were able to put together a plan for him to come and work with me on the foundation project next week.

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Sajmir gave me a list of necessary materials, which we were then able to communicate to Mondi, bringing me to meeting number three.  Mondi is the man I go to when I need gravel or framing lumber, wood screws or paint.  He is Pastor Barry’s Albanian counterpart at the International Church.  We have quickly grown to like each-other over the past month.

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Finally I had to clear my plan for moving ahead with Pastor Barry himself.  I am excited to have Sajmir’s intelligence, strength, experience, and drive at my disposal again.  He and I plan to have coffee this coming Monday in the morning to discuss the day’s work.  I think that together we will be able to light a fire under this project.  He will deliver the boost we are in need of.