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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."
NIV

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).
NIV




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Vlorė, Albania

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Virgil and Jackie Jackson
Kutia Postare 4346
Vlorė, Albania
Europe

Phone: 011-355-63-23711

Write Virgil and Jackie
virjax@aul.com.al

Mission contact:
David Smith
Mission Committee
Slicer St. Church of Christ
P.O. Box 725
Kennett, MO 63857
Tel: 573-888-5974

Sponsoring church:
Slicer St. Church of Christ
Kennett, Missouri

The church in Vlorė began in June 1993, when the Slicer St. congregation in Kennett, Missouri, sponsored a church-planting campaign involving nine couples.

Approximately 30 people were baptized during that eight-week campaign.

During the following two-year period, a series of couples worked with the church until the Jacksons were able to move there in June of 1995 to work on a full-time basis.

The work has grown to 100 - 150 in attendance with the young people preaching and teaching.

The Jacksons conducted a very successful YOUTH CAMP in 2000 summer, 2001 and 2002.

Growth of the number of members is problematic with students and members leaving Albania for employment in other countries.

Virgil works also in the city of Fier, 20 miles from Vlorė. The church in Fier has approximately 25 in attendance each Sunday and now has their own preacher, a national missionary, now in Fier. Others regularly preach in Vlore including Tom Bonner, now in Lushnja.

Virgil has returned to the US.

 

 

Camp photos

August

November

August 02

July 03

NOTICE - Virgil's condition

Men's Day in Tragjas


Photos


Vlorė Archive
Virgil and Jackie both grew up in the Pacific Northwest and attended Columbia Christian High School. They lived for 25 years in the Washington, DC area where Jackie taught school and worked as a legal secretary, and Virgil worked in copier and computer maintenance. Virgil then returned to school, attending Harding School of Biblical Studies and completing a degree in Bible from Harding University. Virgil and Jackie first went to Albania with a church-planting effort in 1993. After completing studies at Harding, they moved to Albania in 1995, working with the church in Vlorė and the concurrent establishment of the church in Fier. They have three children in the States and a large family of brothers and sisters in Albania.

The Jacksons have retired and now live in the USA.

 
July 2002

The summer camp in Vlorė, Albania is underway. Here are some photos to give you an appreciation for the wonderful work that God is doing for so many young people in Albania and Kosova.


 

AUGUST 2002

Our debt of gratitude to those who came to help this summer is great! After teaching and directing our Bible camp during the first week, Danah Nelson and Kay Banta scrubbed off their mountain tan and moved into the village of Orikum for three weeks of daily Bible classes. These two ladies made a positive impression for the church with the classes they taught in the grade school, and also their outreach to the community. We believe our efforts to found a congregation of redeemed people in Orikum has been advanced by the witness of these talented and dedicated Christian women.

During the middle of our camp month of July, two additional ladies came to teach daily Bible lessons in our study center in Vlorė. Several new contacts were made during their four weeks of teaching. Juanita Mansholt and Sharon Houte have made multiple trips to Albania to teach World English Institute Bible courses. We are grateful for their work with students during the day, their encouragement to the church in teaching the weekly Ladies' Bible class, and, personally, for the warm Christian fellowship from these two spiritual servants. We were blessed by their presence in our home.

In August we began the use of a small office space in Fier. This provides us with a much needed location for daily Bible classes and small group meetings. We are blessed by the presence of Doug Smith, who has just completed two and a half years of very difficult work in Kosova. We are looking forward to the arrival of Brent Parr in mid-September. Brent plans to work with us for two years in Fier. We are thankful that Doug agreed to assist with the work in Fier for a few months and help Brent as he gets settled in there.

On August 14th, the youngest child of the Dėraj family became a Christian. A large group of family and friends gathered to celebrate Joana's new birth, along with her 13th birthday. Joana, her mother, brother and sister, are now united in Christ. Please pray for her father, Fetah, as we continue to study with this family. We long to see more and more complete families in the church.

August is also the month of our annual dinner to honor our graduating high school students and their parents. Vasilika and Lindita, our hard-working sisters from the camp kitchen, volunteered to prepare a formal dinner for forty-five people in our study center. Several of the girls helped Jackie to prepare the room, and clean up afterward. Bardhi Baduni gave the address to the fourteen graduates and Dorina Dervishi read a poem that she had composed especially for them. It was a great evening of good food, singing, and prayer. It is good to have the parents of our young people exposed to Christian fellowship. We are thankful for their trust in the church and allowing us to influence the lives of their children. Some of these graduates have been with us now for several years. The church will deeply miss them as they leave town, and for some, leave the country, as they begin their university studies. We have been blessed by their faith and faithfulness and our prayers go with them.

June may be the month for weddings in the U.S., but here in Albania it is August, when all the immigrants working abroad come home for their holidays. Every weekend, wedding celebrations last far into the night. Sunday morning worship is punctuated with the blowing of car horns as wedding processions parade down the main streets. Albanian weddings are distinctly different from American weddings. Particularly because of the atheistic influence of the long years of communism, there has been no spiritual element at all in most weddings here. This month Silvana Kalemi, our translator and dear Christian sister, was married to Beni Koco. In an effort to introduce a spiritual element into this important event in Silvana's life, Jackie organized the ladies of the congregation in an evening of prayer, singing, and sharing of counsel with Silvana at the beginning of her wedding week. Friday morning, according to Albanian tradition, all the women and young ladies went, as a group, to Silvana's house to present her with a gift from the church. As Silvana sat in her wedding dress at one end of the room, the women serenaded her with folk songs for more than an hour. It was wonderful to observe the enjoyment of the women, as they celebrated Silvana's marriage.

By the end of August we had taken the last of our visiting teachers to the airport. They have all helped the church and Jackie and I in many ways. We thank them all. It is good for others to be more personally aware of both the problems and blessings of this work you have sent us to do in His name.

Your servants for Him,

Virgil and Jackie
 

November 1, 2002

Left to right:  Virgil Jackson, Ylli Binaj, Brent Parr, Beniamin
Cakrani and Doug Smith
.


A late night run to Vlore on October 31, resulted in two new brothers in Christ, Beniamin (Beni) Cakrani, 58 and Ylli (Oo-ly) Binaj. They were taught the truth in Fier, Albania over the past two months. They expressed a readiness and a willingness to Doug on his last day in Fier, but thought the hour was too late for him, since he was leaving for Kosova the next day. He assured them that if Paul could baptize the Phillipian jailer at the wee hours of the morning, after being beaten and thrown in jail, he could surely handle the late hour. The midnight hour was bested by three hours and it was a joyous occasion for all. These will be a great asset to the Fier church as the number of adult men now increases to five. Brent will continue studying with Beni and Ylli as well as 11 other men over 30 years of age. God has truly blessed the efforts in Fier the past 4 months.

Doug


AUGUST 2002

Our debt of gratitude to those who came to help this summer is great! After teaching and directing our Bible camp during the first week, Danah Nelson and Kay Banta scrubbed off their mountain tan and moved into the village of Orikum for three weeks of daily Bible classes. These two ladies made a positive impression for the church with the classes they taught in the grade school, and also their outreach to the community. We believe our efforts to found a congregation of redeemed people in Orikum has been advanced by the witness of these talented and dedicated Christian women.

During the middle of our camp month of July, two additional ladies came to teach daily Bible lessons in our study center in Vlorė. Several new contacts were made during their four weeks of teaching. Juanita Mansholt and Sharon Houte have made multiple trips to Albania to teach World English Institute Bible courses. We are grateful for their work with students during the day, their encouragement to the church in teaching the weekly Ladies' Bible class, and, personally, for the warm Christian fellowship from these two spiritual servants. We were blessed by their presence in our home.

In August we began the use of a small office space in Fier. This provides us with a much needed location for daily Bible classes and small group meetings. We are blessed by the presence of Doug Smith, who has just completed two and a half years of very difficult work in Kosova. We are looking forward to the arrival of Brent Parr in mid-September. Brent plans to work with us for two years in Fier. We are thankful that Doug agreed to assist with the work in Fier for a few months and help Brent as he gets settled in there.

On August 14th, the youngest child of the Dėraj family became a Christian. A large group of family and friends gathered to celebrate Joana's new birth, along with her 13th birthday. Joana, her mother, brother and sister, are now united in Christ. Please pray for her father, Fetah, as we continue to study with this family. We long to see more and more complete families in the church.

August is also the month of our annual dinner to honor our graduating high school students and their parents. Vasilika and Lindita, our hard-working sisters from the camp kitchen, volunteered to prepare a formal dinner for forty-five people in our study center. Several of the girls helped Jackie to prepare the room, and clean up afterward. Bardhi Baduni gave the address to the fourteen graduates and Dorina Dervishi read a poem that she had composed especially for them. It was a great evening of good food, singing, and prayer. It is good to have the parents of our young people exposed to Christian fellowship. We are thankful for their trust in the church and allowing us to influence the lives of their children. Some of these graduates have been with us now for several years. The church will deeply miss them as they leave town, and for some, leave the country, as they begin their university studies. We have been blessed by their faith and faithfulness and our prayers go with them.

June may be the month for weddings in the U.S., but here in Albania it is August, when all the immigrants working abroad come home for their holidays. Every weekend, wedding celebrations last far into the night. Sunday morning worship is punctuated with the blowing of car horns as wedding processions parade down the main streets. Albanian weddings are distinctly different from American weddings. Particularly because of the atheistic influence of the long years of communism, there has been no spiritual element at all in most weddings here. This month Silvana Kalemi, our translator and dear Christian sister, was married to Beni Koco. In an effort to introduce a spiritual element into this important event in Silvana's life, Jackie organized the ladies of the congregation in an evening of prayer, singing, and sharing of counsel with Silvana at the beginning of her wedding week. Friday morning, according to Albanian tradition, all the women and young ladies went, as a group, to Silvana's house to present her with a gift from the church. As Silvana sat in her wedding dress at one end of the room, the women serenaded her with folk songs for more than an hour. It was wonderful to observe the enjoyment of the women, as they celebrated Silvana's marriage.

By the end of August we had taken the last of our visiting teachers to the airport. They have all helped the church and Jackie and I in many ways. We thank them all. It is good for others to be more personally aware of both the problems and blessings of this work you have sent us to do in His name.

Your servants for Him,

Virgil and Jackie
 
July 2003

This report is from Orikum, a short distance from Vlore and Fier.

The work in Orikum, Albania shows a lot of promise. This work is a mission of the Vlore church where Virgil and Jackie Jackson are missionaries. For over two years the Jacksons have been traveling to Orikum for Sunday service and/or studies. The group began as a meeting of young teens. Finally, in December of 2002, Skender and Vera Mejdiaj (a middle-aged couple) were immersed. Skender, a former submarine commander, along with his wife, Vera, are hard -working shop-owners who recently completed a large room (including a baptistry) above their shop in which the church meets on Sundays. Skender's influence and enthusiasm results in many young people( 30 or more) being in services each week in the small town of 2000.

The work of Agron and Bardhi from Vlora resulted in the baptism of a young man named Roni in July. Now 10 have been baptized there. Praise God!

Recently, Danah Nelson and Kay Banta completed a month-long campaign in which they talked to over 50 prospective students and taught several lessons to over 40 students in small groups. Since Bible lessons are more personal when taught one-on- one or in twos, Kay and Danah are soliciting help for future work being planned in Orikum.

There seem to be enough lively students available for a team of 4 or more teachers. If you can help, please let us know. Good housing and food are available. The nearby sea and mountains offer refreshing beauty. The greatest beauty is in the spirit of the students, as one of Kay's students agreed to pray saying, "Yes, I want to pray. I never have known how." Will you help teach others?


Kay Banta
1046 Brushy Road
Oden, AR 71961
870-326-4392
jkbanta@alltel.net

 

NOTICE:  Update Feb 15, 05

Virgil Jackson has recently undergone surgery for cancer of the bladder. The following report is for you with request for continued prayers.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

THANK YOU for your prayers and your encouragement.  We have really felt you lifting us up to God.  Virgil was home by 2:30 p.m. PST and slept most of the rest of the afternoon.  The doctor told us that he had removed the mass completely and "burned" it.  He will have the pathological reports on Tuesday, hopefully.  We appreciate your continued prayers for both of us.  We thank God for all of you.

In Him,
Jackie and Virgil

 

Dear Bob,

Virgil and I are in Tacoma, where both our daughters live.  We are staying with the younger one.  The address here is:
   11010 36th Ave. Ct. E.
   Tacoma, WA  98446
The doctor was thorough in removing the cancerous growth from Virgil's bladder.  The pathology report confirmed that it was malignant.  To reduce the chance of the cancer recurring, the doctor is recommending six weeks of follow-up treatment to the bladder.

We are yearning to return to our work in Albania as soon as possible. We are in regular contact with our brothers and sisters in the churches in southern Albania, and are encouraged by their continued faithfulness.

In the meantime, we will trust in God.  We are very, very thankful for all the prayer support and expressions of love and encouragement from so many people.

In Him, Virgil and Jackie

 

Report on Virgil from Ellen Walker (See Tirana report)

"First, God has answered our prayers for Virgil Jackson.  He is back on Albanian soil!  Isn't that amazing?  They operated, he did six weeks of follow up treatment, and Virgil is on the mend.  Praise God!  I think you remember that I told you that he was diagnosed with bladder cancer.  Jackie said that they are just so glad that they were in the States on a sabbatical and that the doctors caught it early!  They were also thankful for the high level of care that he received.  They send their thanks to all who have been praying for them the world over. "

 

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