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Edi Markaj

Edi Markaj
Person Details
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Country

  • Albania
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Bible Teachers and Preachers (Advanced) Network

Occupation

  • Christian Ministry

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

My main ministry is leading the youth group of my local church. I am responsible for their biblical formation and discipleship, and I evangelize the young people that attend our meetings but are not yet born again. I am one of three members of the church’s leadership group and one of the preachers in my church. I volunteer with IFES, working with high school students and post-graduate students in my town. I lead the development program of World Vision for the most vulnerable children and youth in my district.

When did you trust Christ?

I became a Christian in April of 1999. After having had many discussions with Christian friends about the truth of the Bible, I decided to read it. I read the New Testament several times, and God illuminated my mind and my heart to understand that I am a great sinner and Jesus Christ is a great savior. I realized that salvation is not by deeds but by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. I believed that Jesus is God in the flesh who died on the cross, taking my place and paying the cost of my sin. I asked Him to forgive me and make me a new creature in Him. He is doing that faithfully.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

When I was only 20 years old, one year after my conversion, many of the mature believers in my church immigrated, so I was asked to preach in the church meetings. As a result, I read the New Testament 12 times in one year, once per month. It helped me to grow in my faith. I am currently in my fourth year of studying theology at the Italian Biblical Evangelical Institute, which has transformed my approach to the Bible and my ministry approach.  

 

What do you hope to gain from participating?

The Forum has been the most transformational event of my personal Christian life and ministry approach. It is the main reason I want to return. I do not doubt that the next European Leadership Forum will bring me to another level of commitment, knowledge, and ministry experience.

What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?

I was the manager for the institute for public health in my district for five years. In addition, I have led three different World Vision teams in Albania, and I am part of the leadership group of my church in Lezha.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

Investment in me would also be a good investment in the future of the Albanian church’s leadership. I am investing in 20 youth in my town, helping them grow spiritually. My passion and vision are to serve my church and put all my efforts into that.