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The Hoppe Family

Serving in Albania

Nathan and Gabriela are working to inspire, train, equip, and lead Albanians to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples in Albania. They feel a tremendous urgency to follow Christ's command to make disciples of all nations in this land where, less than a generation ago complete atheism was enforced by the totalitarian communist government. Albania is one of the fastest changing countries in the world as it moves to integrate economically and culturally with Western Europe. The Orthodox Church of Albania has experienced a resurrection under the inspired leadership of Archbishop Anastasios. This resurrection is one of the miracles of the Orthodox world today, but there is still much work to be done.

Nathan directs the Central Children's Office of the Orthodox Church of Albania, a ministry in which he works closely with Gabriela. He is a professor in the Department of Social Theology and Religious Studies at Logos University. Nathan represents the Orthodox Church of Albania at a number of international gatherings, including the official dialogues with the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation. Nathan also serves on the steering committee of the Lausanne-Orthodox initiative (LOI), is a member of the Advisory Council for World Vision Albania, and is on the board of the Inter-Confessional Bible Society. Nathan is working on a D.Min degree at St. Vladimir’s Seminary that he hopes to complete in the spring of 2020.

In the Central Children’s Office, Nathan and Gabriela lead a staff of about 15 Albanians engaging in the evangelism and discipleship of children and their families in the Archdiocese of Tirana. The primary goal of the Children’s Office is to foster the development of local parishes, through partnering with clergy and other parish members to build strong communities where children and their families engage in a lifelong journey of growth and transformation in Christ. The Children’s Office invests substantial time and resources in the Christian formation of parents in order to equip them to disciple their own children. This is an urgent need in a country where a generation ago all religious faith and practice were illegal.

Nathan was born and raised in Colombia, South America, where his mother continues to serve as a missionary. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Nathan has now served in Albania for more than 21 years. Gabriela, a native of Albania, is a graduate of the Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy and the University of Tirana; she also holds a master's degree in Children's and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary. The Hoppes have three children, Tristan (22), Katherine (19), and Daniel (10).

Please partner with the Hoppe family mission through your financial support and prayers for the following:

  • For Archbishop Anastasios and our other bishops, for wisdom, strength and good health as they direct the Orthodox Church of Albania.
  • For Nathan and Gabriela, that they be living icons of Christ to all those around them as they seek to proclaim the Gospel in Albania and provide godly leadership in the ministry to children and their families.
  • For the staff of Albanian coworkers which they lead, that they be filled with love for Christ and enthusiasm for making disciples.
  • For children and their families in Albania, that their hearts be open to the Gospel and that their lives be transformed through it.
  • That Nathan remain an effective teacher at Logos University, and that God would raise up zealous and committed young people to be trained for ministry.
  • That God would inspire more people to become long-term missionaries from the United States, and that the church would effectively support them.

The budgets of long-term OCMC missionaries are not funded from the OCMC general fund. Each long-term missionary family is required to raise designated gifts to cover their budget which includes salary, health insurance, travel, ministry funds and other expenses. Long-term missionaries are not supported from the general fund of OCMC, the Hoppe's would be grateful if you can participate in their support by making a monthly pledge or sending a one-time gift designated for "Hoppe family".

Links to podcasts where Nathan has spoken:

San Diego Parish Life Conference, July 2019 https://www.ancientfaith.com/specials/culture_community_and_children

Sermon given at St. Spyridon, Colorado

scroll down to August 18, 2019 http://saintspyridon.church/sermons.php

Bible study at St. Spyridon, Colorado

Fr. Evan interviewed Nathan for about the first half of the Bible study https://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/transforminglives/luke_321_22_part_xv

Retreat at St. Barnabas, Costa Mesa 2017

Our Incarnational Faith and the Salvation of the World - Session 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SN9frR5qf4

Our Incarnational Faith and the Salvation of the World - Session 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvqkrPESpT0

Our Incarnational Faith and the Salvation of the World - Session 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsVPatsP-dg

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God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to Your goodness full of love, full of strength, and full of faith for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of all the missionary saints, Have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
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