Global Woman Highlight | Meredith Lleshi

Posted on: October 23, 2014 Written by
Global Woman Highlight | Meredith Lleshi

My name is Meredith Kemp Lleshi.  I am an American married to an Albanian and serving with Campus Crusade for Christ (or Cru) in Tirana, Albania.  I have been in Albania since 1997 and married since 2002.  We have three children Klara, 11, Martin, 7, and Aleksander, 5.

We have had various roles within Cru, but currently my husband and I serve on the Global Church Movement team, helping to plant a new church in our area. Obviously trying to start a new church is a gradual process.  We have done an English camp, had women’s gatherings, had a lot of one-on-one coffees, etc. to build relationships.  We just got funding for our own space for meetings and hope to start a full-fledged service in the fall of 2014.  As one of only two foreigners on our team here in Tirana, I am also on the partnership team, helping develop and maintain good partnerships for our staff and ministries, mostly with internationals.

After almost 17 years, I am still on fire for what God is doing here in Albania.  Albania is predominantly Muslim, but wide-open to the gospel, both politically and culturally.  I don’t know of another place in the world that this is true.  After only 22 years of freedom after the end of Communism, Albania is already a sending nation with global workers in closed countries, as well as other parts of the Balkans. Our goal is to develop Albanians so that Albania can continue to grow as a beachhead for sending global workers to the Muslim world.

Pray for God’s mighty hand to continue to move in this amazing place.  Please pray for me as a wife and mom.  With so much that I could do, please pray that I would seek to do only what God has for me to do.  Please pray for our youngest son who has been diagnosed as autistic.  He is in therapy and making progress, but it is hard knowing that he won’t be starting kindergarten with the rest of his age group.  Special education is very minimal here.  Thank you so much for your prayers!


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  • Sandy van zyl

    Hi Meredith !
    Remember me from our small group at the furlough conference? I was scrolling and saw your picture. I love this family photo. So you are in the same place and serving mightily! I am praying for your church planting and all the relationships you are in. God bless your perseverance ! May you be encouraged in Christ each day!
    I am sorry to hear of your sons diagnosis. That must be very hard. Are you still journaling? I am. God bless you are your dear family in Albania! May He protect you and keep you and give you peace! Sandy van zyl

    • Meredith Lleshi

      Hi Sandy! Of course I remember you! How are you doing? I can’t believe so much time has passed. I wish we had kept in better touch with the women from our group. Do you ever hear from any of them? If you are on Facebook, I would love to keep in touch! Blessings to you!

  • I’m with CCC as well and had the privilege of meeting some of you Albanian staff at the cross-cultural training in Budapest this past summer. Wonderful people and I loved getting to know them!

    • Meredith Lleshi

      The Albanians are always the life of every party! Where are you serving?

  • Blessings to you as you live and strive to raise a special needs child overseas. I am glad that your son is getting therapy and pray that is helping. My daughter is 10 with Down Syndrome. It is challenging and times.

  • iris

    Good evening Meredith! i was reading your family story, and it’s hard to have this problem with your son but do you know, don’t worry Be strong and courageous … the LORD your GOD wll be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9.
    I ‘m saying to you the same verses when i wrote to you my first letters how very hard and difficult was for me when i came to live with my husband in italy. Do you remember me we have worked together at the same office me, you. and steve. OK I,ll help you i was from durres currly hair blue eyes, do you remember my name. Has passed almost 16 years without any news about all of you. thanks god i can find you on facebook to see how your life has changed. Write me meredith if you find who am i.