Speakers | Balkan Call 2018
BALKAN CALL CONFERENCE: Nov 8-10, 2018, Bashkësia Ungjillore e Mesisë (BUM), CORRECTED ADDRESS: Rr. Shyqeri Kushevica nr. 2 (afer Pishines se Germise), Pristina, Kosovo
Dr. Rhiannon Lloyd , Healing the Nations ministry
In September 1994, just 12 weeks after a horrific genocide in Rwanda had been brought to an end, Dr Rhiannon Lloyd was invited by the relief organisation Medair to join them in Rwanda. Her brief was to seek to help church leaders who were asking the question: “Is forgiveness and reconciliation ever going to be possible in a situation like this?”
Rhiannon had previously worked with Medair in Liberia seeking to help war orphans, child soldiers and church leaders caught up in the civil war. But nothing could have prepared her for what she encountered in post-genocide Rwanda. As she listened to heart-wrenching stories, her desire was to help restore the church to its calling to be a peace-maker in the nation.
What started as the smallest of seeds has now grown into a tree with national teams of peace-makers working in many nations. The primary tool that has been used is a 3-day workshop called Healing the Wounds of Ethnic Conflict (HWEC). This has produced fruit beyond her wildest dreams.
Book: Healing the Wounds of Ethnic Conflict
The Role of the Church in Healing, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Dr. Rhiannon Lloyd
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Dr. Elona Prroj, Doctor of Psychology
Founder of No Blood Feud, YES to Life Foundation
Pastor of “The Word of Christ Church” in Shkoder Albania
Elona Prroj is the lead pastor of ‘Word of Christ’ church in Albania. After the terrible murder of her husband because of the vendetta, she forgave the killer and founded “No Blood Feud – Yes to Life” Foundation, a foundation that is very active in the fight against blood feud and active to provide holistic care for the families that suffer from this phenomenon in the north of Albania. She is also a board member of the leadership of ‘World Vision’ Albania and Kosovo. Formerly she was the deputy general secretary of the Evangelical Alliance of Albania. She holds a master degree in counselling and a Doctor Degree in Psychology.
Elona is a public speaker internationally, particularly in the subject of forgiveness and reconciliation. She has addressed this topic in different conferences and platforms throughout Europe and in the EU Parliament.
Her presentations, spoken from the heart and from her life experiences, motivate, inspire and seek to make others consider the ability placed inside them to be overcomers and help others be the same.
Pastor of church in Kocani Macedonia
Venco Nakov was born 1969 in Stip, Macedonia. He got saved in June 1991 and grew under the instruction of pastor Budimir and Asterija Jakic.
He graduated from IBTI England and returned back home in Stip. In October 1994 he was sent out by the church in Stip to plant a church in Kocani.
Recently he is pastor of that church and involved in planting a few more churches in Macedonia.
Greatest purpose for my life is to see healing of the Balkans, as I believe the Balkans has a destiny to reach Turkey and Middle East with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Actually, I can hear the call now in reverse , “Come over to Turkey and help us.”
I am married to Katya and we have four children, Martin, Filip, Jovana Asterija and Stefanija.
Speaking on topic:
YOU CAN NOT SAY THAT YOU LOVE GOD IF YOU DO NOT LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR
Scripture: 1 John 4:20
Usually people do not have a problem to say that they love God and they would say “we have all good from Him.” However, when they talk about people that surround them, they would say “there is no good in them.” This old proverb from the Balkan, describes and expresses this eternal problem with the neighbors, or those who are close to us.
How did Jesus deal with this problem? When He was asked by a young lawyer about how to inherit eternal life, Jesus told the story that is today called “The Good Samaritan.”
Somehow, we forget, that if we do not love our neighbor, there is neither eternal life. This pursuit of eternal life inevitably lead us to settle all the bitterness of the past with my neighbor.
Pastors, churches are actively involved in political discussion about the present situation in the Balkans. However, despite of all the good reasons why we must be patriots, yet above everything, we are called by Christ to be peacemakers.