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Matt 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

John 20:10-16

10 Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11 but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"

"They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."

16 Jesus said to her, "Mary."

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).

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Lushnja, Albania Church of Christ

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Tom Bonner

For more than a year, the leaders of the church in Tirana, Albania talked about starting a new church in Lushnja (pronounced "Loosh' nya"), a city of 70,000 people located approximately 50 miles southwest of Tirana. Several WEI students in the Lushnja area have been baptized into Christ, but they have had no local congregation with which to worship, study, and grow.

"About that time, Tom Bonner (part-time Singles Minister at the Metro congregation in Gresham, Oregon) felt a tug on his heart -- as though God were calling him to Albania. He couldn't get Albania out of his mind. He studied the map again and again and felt drawn to the city of Lushnja.

"While Tom was experiencing this internal tug, the Lord was also working on some people in Albania. In early July 2001, Bill Morgan (director of the WEI campaign in Tirana), Dr. Bob Threlkeld, and Jim Fox made a trip to Berat (in central Albania) to visit WEI students. On their way back to Tirana, they drove through Lushnja. As they passed through town, Bob felt an overwhelming burden and started praying for the people there.

"Later, in Tirana, Bob told us about his spiritual experience and urged us to join him in prayer. Every morning during our devotionals, the campaigners prayed for Lushnja. Every Sunday and Wednesday, the Albanian Christians prayed for Lushnja. We sensed that the Spirit of God was moving among us and stirring us to action."


Nov 2010




Mailing Address:

Tom Bonner

Mail: Kutia Postare 138
Lushnja, Albania

From US: 011 355 69 2077084

Office phone:
011 355 35 24831


Mission contact
Gresham Church of Christ
1525 NW Division
Gresham, OR 97030

503-667-0773 USA

On Saturday, July 28, 2001, twenty-four Albanians and six Americans made a trip to Lushnja. These 30 participants broke up into small groups and walked through the city. As they walked, they prayed for the people, posted advertisements in store windows, and talked to people about studying English and the Bible by correspondence. The residents of Lushnja were very receptive.

A summer 2003 campaign was conducted with 4 campaigners from abroad:
Dr. Bob Threlkeld (rrthrelkeld@aol.com), 
Sharon Saenz (saesharon@aol.com), 
Bob & Roxie Patterson (weibp@aol.com). Others have since worked with Tom in his committed effort to plant the Word in Lushnja. Others have followed.

If you are looking for an opportunity to meet wonderful students who need the Lord, talk with Tom...and GO to Lushnja!


Tom's current reports are on his blog.

March 2010

Tom has been stateside visiting family and his supporting churches. His report is on his blog.

In June, there will be a campaign. You should go there if at all possible. This is a great town with and the church has a heart of gold. Believe me! I've been there.

Tom is asking for a $63 dollar contribution for students to go to the summer camp in Albania this year. Check his blog. His pictures will be there soon.



November 2010

Brothers, sisters, friends -

Contained in this note is a link to the latest newsletter (and all previous newsletters) for the work God is blessing me to be involved with here in Albania. Your loving interest in the lost, your sacrificial giving to make this work possible, and your prayers on my behalf continue to sustain me. For eight years I have been here, being blessed every day, and having much opportunity to bless the lives of others with the gospel. Thank you!!

Your comments, either via email or on the newsletter link itself, are always welcomed. Here is the link for the newsletter:


May your lives be greatly blessed today, and every day, as you seek to follow the Lord.

Loved beyond reason,



December 2011

Tom has been stateside visiting family and his supporting churches. His report is on his blog.


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