This year marks ten years for our nursing home and twenty years of care through our clinic and home visits. A great celebration was hosted on Kenedi Hill on Saturday with many people in attendance that played an important role in growing the clinic and retirement home. Director, Marleen Van de Voorde, organized a beautiful day of fellowship, thanksgiving, and celebration. She shared the story of how God took both projects from being dreams to tangible ministries doing important work in Albania.
In her speech, Marleen thanked a handful of people that helped open and contribute to the clinic or nursing home.
Miranda Kalemi has been the administrator of Kenedi Clinic since its beginning in 2002. She coordinates inventory, staffing, and scheduling. She is seated to the right of Marleen amongst the clinic therapists and nurses.
Tonnis and Erna Venhuizen helped Vila Kenedi start ten years ago. They were involved with all aspects of fundraising, planning, and building. For the first eight months after opening, they lived at Vila.
Fred and Wilma Westerink work and live in Albania. They are supporters of Marleen and her work. Fred is the director of Prison Fellowship Albania. Also known as SHBKSH . Wilma also does work with Food Bank.
Groups of youth from Ommen, Netherlands have been coming for many years to do volunteer work with the senior citizens and in the many village church plants. They have put in thousands of hours building and just as many loving the residents of the nursing home.
Rob and Annet Van Eck provided practical help. They could be seen throughout the celebration catching up with old friends and taking pictures of the residents to capture new memories. There were many smiles shared on Saturday.
Another huge thanks was given to Hope For Albania. They have provided material for every project since the beginning of the clinic. They have provided supplies for health care and home care. At Vila Kenedi, they assist with solar panels and the soon-to-be greenhouse. Members are pictured here with Marleen. (From left Leta Cenolli, Pleun Van den Berg, Wim Heiwegen, Marleen Van deer Voorde, Peter Brugman, and Luli Cenolli
EO Evangelical Broadcast is the primary supporter of building the Vila and maintaining it. Many thanks to them for allowing Vila to provide a home to those who have nowhere else to go. Thank you for your documentary work that has raised awareness of the needs of the elderly across the country.
Marleen gave a heartfelt thanks to every man and woman that is or ever has been staffed at the clinic or retirement home. Many of the people she thanked were in attendance and celebrating alongside her. Everyone gave thanks to the Lord for the plan he organized and the miracles he orchestrated to allow these programs and their associated ministries to be so effective and life-changing over the last twenty years.
Everyone’s favorite part of the morning was the testimonies of the residents. A handful gave toasts, thanking Marleen for her dedication. One woman shared about the life she lived before her heart changed when she met Jesus. Many tears fell as she repeated the words, “I am a new person because of Him. He has changed my life; my heart.”
The very same person that changed this woman’s heart called Marleen to Albania and calls each one of us to take care of the powerless; the sick, the poor, the forgotten. The clinic and the retirement home have both done this for the past twenty years and ten years respectively. Please pray with us that they continue for many years to come. Until there are Jesus returns and heals the sick, makes the poor rich, and calls the forgotten his children forever.
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