“Për një Jetë më të Mirë” — Reaching Albanians Looking For a Better Life In Boston

“Për një Jetë më të Mirë” — Reaching Albanians Looking For a Better Life In Boston

“PER NJE JETE ME TE MIRE”   This phrase in Albanian means “for a better life”.  It is the reason and hope that drives an individual or family to leave behind family, friends, culture, and language in order to start anew in a city like Boston.   As they cross cultures, learn english, work furiously to pay bills and push their children in school this underlying motive moves them forward.  They are working, sacrificing, persevering to obtain a better life, a life with opportunity, stability and prosperity.


A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” Samuel got up, went to Eli and said, “Here I am, you called me.” Then Eli realized the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you say, “Speak Lord for your servant is listening.” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as at other times, “Samuel, Samuel!”  1 Samuel 3

ICYMI-The Challenges and Promises of Waiting Patiently

The past months have been a learning experience for our family. During one of my recent devotions from the Men's Devotional Bible, I read about waiting and patience. Those two words spoke to me and I have been thinking a lot about them. 

Waiting is one of the hardest things we ever have to do. We wait in traffic. We wait in the doctor's office (in the waiting room!). We wait to hear news--good or bad. 

Give Me That Land

The last few months, I have been reading and studying Joshua. The battle narratives of the Old Testament often contain rich imagery and lessons paralleling God's working in the church today. It has been a source of great encouragement, challenge and correction for me and has specifically given me great insight in the midst of my transition out of one ministry and the beginning of a new one. 

Making Music: An Interview with Cara and Jonathan Pardo

Jonathan and Cara Pardo have been a big part of CTK Music through the years. In addition to making music in several bands and groups around the city, they can often be found playing with the music team at CTK Cambridge. Here is a glimpse into how they got here, their music process and their love for hymns and worship. 

Jonathan: Both Cara and I have had similar upbringings regarding music. We’re both singers, went to jazz school, and no longer sing jazz. To be fair, I only went to jazz school for about a year and a half, whereas Cara gave it up after getting an entire degree in it.

Cara: Heeeeeey. At least I have a degree to show all the people in the jazz club that I’m not singing to.

The Art of Humbleness: Being Married to a Church-Planting Minister in Boston

It was Christmas vacation, two and a half years ago. My family and I were leaving the movie theatre at Legacy Place, in Dedham, MA, where we had just watched the movie, ‘The Penguins of Madagascar’. At this particular location, there are escalators that take you from the parking lot on the lower level to the theatre on the second level. After our movie ended, we made our way back toward the escalators. I was at the bottom of this escalator when I realized our older daughter, Mya, was standing at the top. “Oh, hey up there,” I said, with a smile, “C’mon down, Mya.”  "No. I’m scared of escalators,” she replied.

Where's the Love?

What am I doing with my life? What should I do with my life? I had recently moved to Cambridge after accepting a job offer at a consulting firm, and two months in I was questioning the purpose of it all. It was frustrating – neither the miraculous circumstances that had brought me here nor what was supposed to be the ‘honeymoon’ phase of starting an exciting position could push these thoughts away. I

CTK Families Impacted by the Faith and Hope of Christians in the DR

A few families from CTK Newton recently used their February vacation week to travel to the Dominican Republic and work with missionaries there. They helped to build a house for a widow that was taking care of her grandchildren with special needs. They also worked with orphans and taught English. It was the first trip that adults took their children to serve with them, and was a great experience for all. Here are some of their impressions from the trip.