Fredi and Prenda Zefi
Fredi and Prenda are in Shkoder, Albania. They are very vital to our ministry in three orphanages. Baby orphanage; Pre-school; school-age. Prenda's work has been with the baby orphanage on a daily basis. She has been the one teaching the workers how to love and care for the babies and also brings other Christian ladies into the orphanage to help her give the TLC that these babies need to "nurture" them. She also teaches Bible lessons and songs to the toddlers. Prenda and Fredi have a daughter, Edona who was born in August 2004. Prenda also helps in other orphanages with teaching Bible lessons, and does much of Fredi's secretarial work connect with Sponsorship matters.
Fredi is really the Director for hope for the World of all three of the orphanages. He has much responsibility in leadership roles with the workers at each home. He also teaches Bible to the children and holds discipleship classes with those who have become Christians... helping them grow in the Lord. He hosts all of the groups who come to shkoder, and is an ordained deacon in his church in Shkoder. His ministry in the church focuses on "evangelism" as Fredi is a great soul-winner. He and Prenda have led the majority of their families to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. They have large families... There are probably 50 or more who have come to Christ through their witness. Fredi and Prenda are very wonderful members of the Hope for the World Family.
Mirela started working with Hope for the World in 1995. She has been so happy and honored to work with them. Her work is at the Pre-School Orphanage in Shkoder. She has always loved orphan children and her heart has gone out to them. Mirela thanks the Lord for letting her teach them about God. She has a Bible class every Saturday, teaching them many Bible Stories. They are also studying some Christian books and learning many lessons from the Bible. It is Mirela's job to coordinate the communication between the sponsor and the child. She makes sure the children write to their sponsors and she also translates all of the mail that comes to the children from the sponsor. She organizes many activities in different places for the children. She also take them shopping for birthdays and sometimes at other times. They have parties for them on their birthday. She also take special time to care for the chldren when they are sick, giving them love and encouragement, like a mother or big sister. She and her family are members of the Bible Baptist Church in Shkoder. Mirela's hustand, Herton and she both sing in the church choir. They both love the Lord with their whole heart. Our sons are
Hermes and Naimir.
Nikolin is a wonderful "grandfather" figure to the children in Shkoder orphanages. He has a very sweet and jolly spirit and add much to their lives by protecting them, showing them attention and guidance. As a staff member for Hope for the World, Nikolin oversees maintenance at the orphanages in Shkoder. He assists Fredi Zefi in many duties which involve purchasing needs for the children. Nikolin was a professor in the schools in Albania before coming to work for us. He has a great education so loves to continue teaching in many ways throughout his daily routine. He is a blessing to our staff and to all the visitors we bring to Shkoder. We are very fortunate to have Nikolin on our staff. He has a grateful spirit and works hard, but always says it is not "hard enough" for his humble salary. Nikolin has a lovely wife, Nirvana, who is also a school teacher. They have two daughters who are beautiful young ladies. We are glad that Nikolin is a part of our Hope for the World Family.