Our Christmas Pic. Sorry, no Easter one.

“Krishti i Ngjall!”
“Krishti u Ngjall me të vërtetë!”
This is the Easter greeting in Albanian. “Christ is Risen!” And the reply comes, “Christ is risen indeed!”

Our Joy and Living Hope

We, the Konas greet you this Easter. The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead is indeed the best news that any one can give or receive, not only this season, but every day and every where.…

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Dear Family and Friends,

10341526_10154180927185117_4257431282685855161_nHow wonderful it is to be back in the States! Johannes Calvin Kona was born here on June 2nd of this year at 7 lbs 5 oz! We are thrilled and praising the Lord. Overall we are doing well as a family and church in Albania.…

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By Jeremiah Burroughs

Originally from Gospel Conversation (1657), reprinted in Gospel Reconciliation: Christ’s Triumph of Peace to the World, ed. Don Kistler (Orlando, FL: Soli Deo Gloria Ministries, 1997), 354. 
 

The gospel of Christ in general is this: It is the good tidings that God has revealed concerning Christ.

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Dear Family and Friends,

Summer has been sizzling here in Albania and not just the weather. We love and miss all of you. Some of you got to see Berti during General Assembly, which was a blessing and encouragement. While he was away Jenny and the girls survived and then delighted in the return of goodies, which led to a most splendid birthday celebration!…

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Greetings Dear Family and Friends,

This newsletter is long overdue so please forgive us for not updating you regularly. From now on we will send out quarterly updates more faithfully. We are truly grateful for your patience with us and loving support in various ways.…

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Greetings Dear Family and Friends,

The Kona family misses you all very much! There is so much we have to share with you but most importantly, we are most grateful for all of your continued prayers and support. We also rejoice in the glad news of another precious Kona on the way and in July again!…

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Dear Saints,

“When you come, bring…also the books…!” (2 Tim. 4:13)

These were the words of Apostle Paul to Timothy. Take note that he is not referring to the Scriptures as he had already included them in his order when he asked in the same verse for Timothy to bring his parchments.…

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Dear praying saints,

Apostle Paul wrote: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

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Lord Jesus, Great High Priest,

You have opened a new and living way by which a fallen creature can approach you with acceptance. Help me to contemplate the dignity of your Person, the perfectness of your sacrifice, the effectiveness of your intercession.…

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HOW GREAT THOU ART . . .

HOW GRATEFUL WE ARE . . .

Dear Family and Friends,

Rejoice with us as the Reformed Church in Durres (Kisha Reformuar Durres) has now had its doors opened for 3 YEARS! The Lord has sustained and blessed us by your faithful and loving support, so we truly thank you all.…

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On April 30, 2010 the Rev Dr Jon Payne published, on the Heidelblog, an outline of an alternative to the proposed PCA Strategic Plan. Since that post the NW Georgia Presbytery has taken up this matter. What follows is their “Alternative Plan for PCA Renewal” with a preface by the Rev Dr Payne.…

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(get this update on PDF in this LINK)

Greetings Family and Friends,

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Have you wondered about us? The Kona family is still alive and well as Winter has come and gone and April showers have brought on our May flowers here in Durres, Albania.…

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Look at that fancy pink highchair!!!

The sippy cup was not mastered at that time . . . doing much better day by day . . . no rush!

We enjoyed our rice cereal!…

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I found today this interesting article by David Peterson, the Pastor of St. Peter’s Free Presbyterian Church in Scotland that I thought it was interesting. I agree with the major portion of this article and the principles proposed by this writer apply to the situation in Albania with some tweaking.…

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If you get tired of praying, “God bless so and so,” here are some more specific requests, based on various Scriptures. Most of these come from Will Bruce, of OMF, but modified a bit, including the biblical references. Pray that the person (family member, missionary, pastor, yourself, etc.)…

  1. …will love God more fervently from the heart (Matt.

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(Click here to see this as a PDF file)

Greetings Family and Friends,

We are delighted to finally bring you news from Albania, having returned from and returned to such an outpouring of love from the people of God.…

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A New Year with . . .

New Tidings of Joy!

Greetings Family and Friends,

Praise the Lord for those churches and individuals who have not only faithfully prayed and financially supported us throughout 2008, but also responded to our financial, end-of-the-year request that will aid in future ministry endeavors as well as help fund the upcoming baby Kona delivery/recovery.…

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Dear Family and Friends,

The winter chill continues here in Albania, but Spring is in the air as we enjoy the beginning of March. We are quite grateful for days like today when the sunshine helps to provide some warmth and cheer.…

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Christmas Blessings Dear Family and Friends,

Even though your schedule is probably very busy this time of year, we would greatly appreciate your prayers regarding our upcoming Christmas events and a few opportunities/requests that have come my way recently. Please know how grateful we are for your prayers and support and how we miss all your loving faces or look forward to meeting you one day.…

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Greetings Family and Friends,

We hope you have all had a most blessed Thanksgiving and Fall season. We have spent our second here in Albania, and praise the Lord for all His goodness and graces even while away from all those we love and miss in America.…

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Greetings Family and Friends,

How delighted we are to bring news of our one year anniversary ministering in Albania! It seems only yesterday we arrived here on August 9th 2007 ready and willing to serve our Master and Lord in our “Mission to Albania”.

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Greetings Dear Family and Friends,

The Kona’s praise the Lord in all His goodness and glory! Our previous newsletter updated all our supporters from the New Year until March, so there is much rejoicing as we share all that has come about in these past several months.…

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Greetings Family and Friends,

Spring is in the air here in Albania, but there is much to share from our wintry beginning of the year! We do apologize for not keeping you informed collectively by way of a newsletter sooner than now, and we thank those who prayed for various occasions as updated by phone or email.…

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Dear Ladies WRPC and Supporting Churches,

This is an update on our monthly WIC meeting that took place this Saturday morning in our home.  This morning was such a blessing! I am grateful for all your prayers, support, encouragement, and more!…

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Greetings Dear Saints,

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Great is the faithfulness of our Lord and His goodness to us! Jenny and I miss you all greatly and pray you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast as well as current fellowship in light of an upcoming Christmas and New Year.…

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Greetings from the Kona’s,

clip_image002Praise the Lord! His mercy has been great and His arm mighty in the battle. The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Durres, Albania (temporary name) has finally started regular Sunday Morning Worship Services, the first on Reformation Sunday (81 days after our arrival in Albania).…

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Greetings Fathers and Brothers of Calvary Presbytery,

I bring glad tidings from Albania as my wife, Jenny, and her dear friend Martha have safely arrived from America, having stayed for three weeks, and now we along with several other brothers in Christ are now making the last preparations for such an exciting occasion this Sunday!…

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Greetings to all our family and friends abroad! Once again we delight in updating you about our life and ministry work in Albania, having arrived August 9, 2007. We surely have missed all your warm faces and sweet fellowship, knowing as well that you have lovingly given of your time and money in the past, present, and for future.…

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Greetings from the Berti and Jenny,

We are delighted to share many praises with you from Albania! After arriving safely and resting, we were and continue to be blessed with much care from our Kona parents and fellowship with many dear friends of old.…

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Dear Friends and Supporters,


As you all know, we were supposed to already be in Albania by now, but we are not there yet. We were scheduled to leave for Albania on July 10th, but God in his wisdom knew when we would truly be ready for our departure.…

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Greetings Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

clip_image002May we praise our Lord and Savior for his many blessings! Jenny and I are delighted to update you in our Mission to Albania. Currently we are rejoicing in an affirmation of my call to ministry.…

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