Phil and Jodie Mehrens

We (Phil and Jodie) have been in full time worship ministry and teaching for over 40 years. Phil is a songwriter as well. We also have been leaders in the Pastors Prayer movement. In 2023 the Lord called us to leave the located ministry and begin a new adventure ministering in Albania in the city of Elbasan along side our daughter and son-in-law (Sean and Laura Carney). We are helping with worship, communication with businesses and churches, media, maintenance and construction projects at Life Spring Church in Elbasan. We also plan to be available to travel and teach in the area of worship, music, and songwriting as the Lord leads.

I (Phil) taught worship and songwriting for many years at Write About Jesus in the U.S. as well as other countries. Jodie is a prayer intercessor and we love to minister together as encouragers and shepherds.

God has blessed us with four children and six grandchildren.

Phil and Jodie Mehrens

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ALBANIA: TUMULTUOUS PAST, HOPEFUL FUTURE

Albania is an open field for the gospel. It has an ancient and tumultuous past and is referred to in the New Testament as Illyricum where the Apostle Paul traveled.

After a long history of invasion, foreign rule, world wars, 40 years as a communist and declared atheist state, In 1995, Albania became the 35th member of the Council of Europe and requested membership in North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It is one of the poorest Eastern European countries struggling to make its way in the modern world.

Due to its communist past, religion is primarily non-practicing Muslim, Orthodox, and Catholic. But, churches are being planted and people are coming to the Lord.

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It is no secret that from the very beginning of the church Christians have taken an active role in being missionaries and sending missionaries. Yet not all are called to be missionaries. (We are all called to make disciples)

Being a missionary is a calling, but have you ever considered that sending missionaries is also a calling? So what is your calling? Are you the missionary or a missionary sender?

All Kontaktmission staff live on support, meaning we believe that God will provide for his mission, through his church.

Please consider joining our sending team by partnering with us in prayer and partnering with us financially.

Prayer Needs

  1. Pray for the churches and Christians in Albania,
  2. Pray for the LifeSpring Church and the English School in Elbasan, the leaders and pastors there,
  3. Pray for us as we learn the language and adapt to the culture.
  4. Pray for our endeavor to help worship leaders and musicians in creating Albania songs of worship.
  5. Pray for the new Christians that are coming into the Kingdom

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