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Plator Collaku

Plator Collaku
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Country

  • Albania
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Apologetics (Foundational) Network

Occupation

  • Christian Ministry

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

Our mission statement is to address the spiritual needs of the community with the Gospel of Christ, and bring relief to the poor and oppressed one. In fulfillment of our mission statement, we often take offerings for the poor, distribute food and clothing, and are now opening a safe house for boys abandoned and living off the streets. Our vision is one village at a time, one town at a time. (With the clear message of salvation in Jesus Christ).

When did you trust Christ?

I came to faith as a student shortly after the fall of communism in Albania. Prior to becoming a Christian, my primary belief was atheistic and my life was filled with hate and anger. A missionary named Mama Lida came and invited me to a Bible study. At first, I did not believe what was being taught and for six months, I was disruptive, interrupting with antagonistic questions, in a loud and angry manner. The leader asked where I was going to spend eternity. I left the group, went home, and read the New Testament that mama Lida gave to me. In Matthew 7:7 I read, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.” I decided to put God to the test, and asked that the room be shaken. Nothing happened. I asked for the light to come on, but they did not. I asked God to show himself to me, but that didn't happen either. I told God he was not real but continued with Bible study anyway. I was asked to pray at the end of one of the meetings. I surprised myself that I said yes. God was working in my heart without me knowing. He changed my anger and hate.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

I have seen the power of God change my heart and I have felt the call of God to serve my community. I started through street evangelism and God helped us grow the church in our area. The Evangelical Church (Kisha Ungjillore) of Libonik, started its service at the beginning of 1991, as they saw the spiritual need of the people in that region. It was one of the first churches in the country after the fall of the communist regime. The church now has 8 other church plants. We are operating in two social projects right now: a day residential space for street children and a safe house for boys.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Christian leadership is important to us. It will give me the opportunity to learn more and learn from the experiences of other leaders who may face the same challenges. I also want to learn more about Biblical leadership as this is so important for pastors.

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

I am the general director of Hands of Providence Foundation that our ministries operate through. I am serving as senior pastor of Evangelical Church of Libonik. That is our mother church that leads all the church planting in the 8 towns and villages around us. I also supervise the social ministry that includes the day center for street children and a residential house for orphans.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

It will help me to be a better servant of our Lord Jesus in my community. I want to build Christian and moral character by setting a good example. I desire to be a leader that will transform my community.