God is doing a new thing in Albania, and Planters Seed Foundation is working on this new website to better share about it. Starting in 1993, David and Sarah vanOrman began traveling to Albania to teach farming techniques and share the Good News door-to-door in the villages surrounding the capital city of Tirana. Planters Seed Foundation was formally recognized in Albania in 1995 and the staff of PSF has been sowing the seed of God's word in Albania ever since.
In 1999, PSF first entered a village between Tirana and Durres named Vlashaj. This village is still not even named on Google Maps, but God often uses the small and insignificant in the world's eyes to accomplish his purposes. Years of weekly kid's clubs and Bible studies led to the formation of a local church which continues to grow.
God often uses the small and insignificant in the world's eyes to accomplish his purposes.
Believing that God was working in Vlashaj and that eventually the church would outgrow the converted village house being used as a ministry center, Planters purchased the field adjacent and waited on God's direction for its use.
More than 5 years ago a seed of an idea was born over coffee with some Planters staff. The challenge before us was finding a way to better reach out to men while also working to move the local church in Vlashaj to a place of financial independence. Through prayer and counsel, Planters Seed Foundation decided to purse building a multi-purpose facility that would sever as a church and education space as well as a commercial indoor soccer field and fitness center that would provide enough income to maintain and grow the ministry!
In March of 2019, plans for the Vlashaj Family Center were submitted for approval and construction is planned to begin in May! The new www.planters.org site will be the place to watch the progress of the build and follow what God is doing and continues to do through your partnership with Planters Seed Foundation in Albania!
In Albania, the one who holds the keys hold the power! Every gate and every door has a lock with a unique key! As we have served in Albania, we have searched for keys to reach our neighbors for Christ. Planters has used farming, kids clubs, English classes, after school programs, and many other activities as keys to reaching out into the Vlashaj community, but we have struggled to reach men!
We learned that some men were avoiding entering the building known locally as the ‘Jesus Center,’ so we moved our men’s Bible study to the local cafe. While that made our group less intimidating to some, it still was only once a week and was limited to those who were already interested in a Bible study!