NLM recently concluded two weeks of shows in Albania, but it wasn’t the first time they’d brought the message of Jesus to this predominantly Muslim country. Although they’d been unable to obtain permission to play there the last couple years, God opened many doors this summer, allowing them to do 14 consecutive concerts and share the hope of Christ with thousands. One of their last shows in Albania was covered on all three of the top television stations in the country, and Ben Pierce, NLM frontman and Provoke & Inspire director, had the opportunity to share the Gospel on the nation’s main TV station during an interview.
Through all they were able to witness on this portion of tour, one show in particular stands out. In Tirana, Albania’s capital, their local partner, Sabri, was struggling to find a location where NLM could play, and it was beginning to look like there would be no show there.
At the last moment, he called a local pastor, whom he discovered had a close relationship with the city’s mayor. In no time, Sabri was able to secure a permit for the band to perform right in the center of Tirana! No Longer Music set up their stage in a brand new city square, and were even allowed to reach the venue driving on roads that only the Prime Minister of Albania is normally permitted to use.
A large mosque to the right of the stage was an ominous reminder of the battle going on for the hearts of Albanians, and NLM had the opportunity to share the love of Jesus to a crowd of several thousand people. This was the first time the Gospel had been preached publicly in that area, and so many people responded to the message, asking to know more about Jesus, that they couldn't even count them all!
“Western secularism and Muslim missionary efforts are both major threats to the young people of Albania, but thanks to God’s power and provision, we were able to proclaim the message of Jesus to nearly ten thousand young Albanians on this tour! We had over five hundred people give us their information, saying they wanted to know more about Jesus. These people have now been connected with a local church leader. Pray for the churches as they do the critical job of following up on all those who responded during our show.”
- Ben Pierce
Pray that God would continue to open doors for NLM to travel throughout the world and share the Good News!