| Albanian Bible Translator Diagnosed with Cancer
Post Date: 2008-04-01 16:20:54
PCC Missionary Vladimir Dervishi has recently been diagnosed with grade II infiltrating fibrillary astrocytoma. After completing a New Testament translation in Albanian Vladimir set out to translate the Old Testament. He has faithfully continued that task and currently is translating Job 26. Vladimir and Mimoza work with ABWE in San Diego.
Many may recall Vladimir's emotional challenge to Pacific Coast Church to embrace his native Albania as a focal point for our Missions activity. In 2002 he personally ushered Pastor Mark and Pastor Greg on a trip to Kosova, through Macedonia, and into Albania, where they first entered the small village of Vlochisht. Since then, PCC has sent five teams to minister alongside the Albanian church planting team in that village. The small, formerly-atheistic country still holds a special place in the hearts of all those who have served there.
Vladimir will begin chemotherapy next week (the week of March 31-April 4).† Always focused on his task, he has requested treatments in the afternoon so he can continue translating in the morning. In† a recent phone conversation Vladimir said, "I am on God's time, not the doctors' time." Anybody who knows him knows he will make that time count for eternity. We will update his condition in the coming weeks.
The Dervishis passed on these prayer requests:
Pray for Vladimir's health situation and for wisdom for the medical team as they treat him over the coming weeks.
Pray that the treatments would not keep him from working on the translation in the morning.
Pray for his wife, Mimoza, and two boys, Andy and Kevin, as they are understandably going through difficult times.
Pray that the Lord Jesus Christ would be glorified through this episode of their lives.