The time is now
My name is Gordon Burgett and I’m spending this year as a missionary with CRU in Albania. This has been in the works for a while and now it’s finally here! I’m working to fulfill the Great Commission, “go and make disciples of all nations”, and I want you to join me. We’re building a partnership here, CRU Albania partnering with the body of Christ in Dallas.
Two years ago it was just 3 of us, and this year we had a group of 20 going to two different cities to spread the Gospel in the small country of Albania. The trip this summer was incredibly powerful. We saw a lot of kids come to Christ, and had our first successful year of ministry to the high school students in Elbasan! I’d love to tell you more about it, which is why I’ve made my journal from the trip available here: www.gordonburgett.net/albania/2015
We plan to bring at least as many people in July 2016, and God knows where the partnership will go from there. I’ll be on the ground all year, getting deeply plugged in with CRU and building up new believers who will take the Gospel to the rest of the balkans.
How can you help?
Prayer is the most important way you can partner with me. Honestly the idea of going over to Albania to share the Gospel scares me. Not because of the hardships of leaving my culture & familiar settings, but because I don’t know how I could possibly succeed. The task feels too big for me. But I know that if God is with me I can’t fail, and I know that He listens to your prayers.
I would love to skype with you. My skype name is gordon.burgett. Your words of encouragement would mean a lot to me. You can also follow my journey on Facebook, or follow my blog at http://www.gordonburgett.net
Spreading the word
I would love the opportunity to talk to your friends, community groups, bible studies, or even co-workers about what God is doing in Albania. Raising awareness of God’s work in Albania is one of my primary goals! So please, Like, Tweet, and share with as many people as you can!
My need is about $2800/mo in recurring donations over the course of the next 12 months. If you’d be willing, I ask you to partner with me in the amount of $50 or $100 per month over the next 12 months, to help me meet my fundraising goal.
Donate for my year-long STINT - My donation number is 0746249
How close am I to my goal?
1. Make check out to “Cru”
2. DO NOT write on the memo line.
3. Please attach a note stating the name of the person you’re supporting and his/her 7-digit Donation # (please see above)
4. Mail it to:
PO Box 628222
Orlando, FL 32862-8222
To make a credit card donation by phone, please dial 1 (888) 278 – 7233. They will ask you for the 7-digit donation number (please see above).
So wait, you said a year? What’s that all about?
Yep! Really I’ve been thinking about this since the first time I went to Albania. There’s a lot of reasons that went into this decision, and I’d like to share with you a few, in ascending order of importance:
1. There will never be a better time.
I’m 27, single, and have no debt or other entanglements. As I’ve been told, once you’re married or have kids, things get a lot more complicated :)
2. The work being done in Albania is transforming the region.
The Albanians believe that the opportunity has been given to them to reach the surrounding Balkan muslim countries for Christ. They are uniquely positioned to be welcomed into closed or unfriendly countries like Macedonia, Turkey, and Montenegro. They take this opportunity seriously; they are constantly sending people on short term trips around the whole region, and are even sending some staff members on longer missions.
The Albanians are also hungry for the Gospel. Having lived under Communist rule for so long, they are looking for the Truth that gives life purpose. I’m always surprised by the number of people that are coming to CRU to hear the Gospel, and the speed with which the Albanian church is growing.
3. Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
At Easter we celebrate a historical fact. The fact that changes everything. If Jesus Christ rose from the dead, then I too will rise from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:22), and this world is not my home (Hebrews 11:13-16). What then in this life is not worth giving up for the sake of eternity? Everything pales in comparison to the Resurrection.
Secondly, if Jesus Christ rose from the dead, that validates what He said about Himself. He is the Way the Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). There are people in the world today who have never heard why we celebrate Easter. These people don’t know that God has made a way for them to be reconciled to Him, to be forgiven, redeemed and made righteous. They have to know, and we have to go tell them! (Romans 10:13-15)
In short, I plan to take Pascal’s wager. I’m hardly wagering my life at this stage, after all it’s just a year in a fairly safe & modern country. But I’m putting my career on hold, putting my ‘life’ on hold, to do this. And after a year I’ll decide whether I want to make mission work my career. Honestly I think at this point it’s strongly leaning toward yes, and this is where I need your help.
If you are convinced that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, I need your prayers. I cannot succeed without the power of God working in the hearts of those whom I meet. I don’t fancy myself skilled at evangelism, or at leading bible studies, or discipling young men. I have some training, but I feel inadequate here. Yet I know that I cannot fail if the Lord is with me, and I know that He listens to prayers (1 John 5:14-15).
If you are not convinced, if you are sure that Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, then for my sake I need you to not ignore this blog post. Please give me a phone call and convince me not to go. Because if Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, then I am giving up far too much to follow a charlatan and his gang of gullible idiots. Even the apostle Paul says as much:
and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. 1 Corinthians 15:17-19