Embracing Change

During a team building exercise for newcomers to OM in Albania, Nat Cramond was asked to hold as many things as she could in her hands. As the items kept piling up, she realised she could only hold on to so many things before she needed to let some go to pick up new ones.

For Nat, this fun challenge was a lesson in transition: “Holding on to everything while adjusting to a new life doesn’t work very well. When in transition, we need to let things go.”

Nat moved from her home in South Australia and has spent six months learning the language to share the gospel. “Language learning is vital, allowing for deeper sharing and connection with the people I have come to serve and love. But there is a sense where language learning never really ends,” shares Nat. “The focus is now shifting to learning on the job.”

Nat has joined OM’s church planting ministry to share about Jesus, disciple people and develop the future workers and leaders of the church in Albania.

Recently, the local church in the town where Nat has been living turned 30. “This may not seem much for those of us who grew up with access to church, but up until 1991, Albania was a communist country. Worshipping God was banned,” she says.

“Now, there are many churches in this town. It is such an encouragement to see how God has been working in the lives of many Albanians.”

Soon, she will move to a new town to help a small church establish itself and grow by engaging in church-run and community-based activities. “It is exciting to be here in God’s timing and for His purposes,” she shares. “I’m learning to let go of some things, like spending daily time in nature, but I’m picking up the challenge of other things, like connecting with people in another language and driving on the other side of the road.”

Nat’s desire to show others that God loves them developed early on. “I understood that a relationship with God was not just for me and my family but for everyone. I was encouraged to pray for others and privileged to see firsthand that God answers prayers for myself and others.”

While prayer has underpinned her life and led her to Albania, she is now looking forward to embracing all the challenges that come with ministry and serving God in another country. She reflects, “I try not to see things as right or wrong but rather to see them as different and to seize all the opportunities that come my way.”

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