Cory & Kristine Cramer
Thrive International Missions
To our Family at Alderwood Community Church
We hope this letter find you blessed in your service to God, strengthened in His Word, and dependent on Him.
My family and I serve in Southern Albania with a mission to strengthen the churches here to grow in depth and impact. 2020 has been a year with challenges no missionary was prepared for. Pandemics? Quarantines? I am sure all of us have been stretched in ways we never had been in 2020.
But I hope you will be encouraged to hear what God is doing in this small but very strategic and wonderful country. This year we started construction on what will become our permanent campground facility. It is a large property and we will be able to host camps year-round. Camps have been one of the most effective ways we impact people for the Gospel. In a country where less than 1% know Christ, this is an eternal need. Through this property, thousands will be able to hear about Christ, and grow in their faith. As we prepare for the launch in summer 2021, will you pray that God continues to open doors and provide for the construction and planning?
Our family is doing well and continuing our life and ministry. Our three oldest kids are now in Albanian school and we are so thankful as they grow in language and friendships here. Kristine continually serves and cares for us and others. She is now leading Sunday School class at our church and it’s a large group. What is so special is that about half of them are “street kids” who are in desperate need of love. I am preaching and teaching throughout the week, and continuing to work hard in Seminary classes here. All that to say, life is full and a blessing right now.
And Covid…? right…well, here we have mandatory masks and at the moment, few cases. We just continue to pray that the country does not need a quarantine again.
Thank you for you prayers, support and for standing with us—God bless!
Cory, Kristine, Shiloh, Taliah, Jude & Finn
The Cramers surprised their friends with a visit to a BBQ at Grace Church.
It was good to see family in the Seattle area when they visited this summer!
Celebrating a birthday in Pogradec (Albania).
Yes it is just a bull dozer…But its land being moved so that this next summer a campground can be constructed where hundreds of young people from all over Albania can come.