Around the world: Baptisms from Albania to South Africa to Thailand and more quick takes

Around the World is our monthly digest of short news, links and quotes from Churches of Christ around the world. Any idea for this section? Email Erik Tryggestad at [email protected]

Featured image (above): Selina Dragoti and her fellow Christians rejoice after her baptism in Berat, Albania. Her father, Teki (left), records the celebration on his phone.

“I’m only moments away from my baptism, and I’m counting the seconds as if they were long days. I am about to become the daughter of the Most High. … Today, I am only one step away from his glorious throne.

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This is an excerpt from the testimony that 17-year-old Selina Dragoti shared with the Church of Christ in Berat before she was submerged. She is one of nine believers baptized since mid-April in this central European city.

Berat is home to around 60,000 people, many of whom claim Christianity or Islam as their religion. During World War II, Christians and Muslims in Berat hid Jews in their homes from the Nazis.

“I learned the truth. I am ready to follow Jesus. … I am ready to kneel before him and worship my Lord.

More recently, a Church of Christ was re-established in Berat in October and has grown rapidly, said Cimi Kafexhiu, a Church of Christ minister in Durrës, Albania, who makes regular visits to help the congregation.

“I learned the truth,” Dragoti said. “I am ready to follow Jesus. … I am ready to kneel before him and worship my Lord.


BONABERI — Amid rising prices and growing economic hardship in the West African country, ministers gathered for a time of study and encouragement at a national preachers’ forum, hosted by a Church of Christ in the port town of Bonabéri.

Among the presenters was Wotutu Church of Christ Minister Gregory Elangwe, who spoke on “Who Is Your Timothy? — a reference to the young evangelist trained by Paul.

“It was an amazing experience,” Elangwe said, “as many realities about working in Cameroon were exposed and (participants were) encouraged.”


A baptism in Kraaifontein.

KRAAIFONTEIN — “Despite it being an extremely cold winter’s evening” in South Africa (which is in the southern hemisphere), three men decided to give their lives to Christ through baptism, sources said. members of Kraaifontein Church of Christ in a recent blog post.

The church, which meets in a north-eastern suburb of Cape Town, got to know the three men through its work with The Haven Night Shelter, a non-profit organization that serves the homeless. Church members said they were grateful to the shelter “for the open door for us to preach the Gospel of Christ there each week.”

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BANGKOK — Three young women were baptized during a recent service at The Gathering, a church that meets in a cafe in this Southeast Asian capital.

Missionary entrepreneurs Gary and Michelle Ford operate La Mesa Cafe and oversee Replicate Bangkok, a ministry that seeks to “engage, equip and empower others to create social and spiritual impacts in their communities,” according to their website.

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