"God's Secret Listener" është titulli i librit të shkruar nga John Butterworth. Në libër Butterworth tregon për Shqipërinë e Enver Hoxhës bazuar në historinë e vërtetë të Berti Dostit, i cili në fshehtësi dëgjonte një program radiofonik të krishterë. Kapiten në ushtri, detyra e z. Dosti ishte monitorimi i valëve radiofonike për të zbuluar në kohë ndonjë sulm të mundshëm nga jashtë. Por në vend të armiqve, z. Dosti zbuloi besimin tek Zoti. Në fshehtësi, ai u bë besimtar dhe dëgjues i rregullt i programit "Rruga e paqes". Sot, në moshën 53 vjeçare ai është pastor i kishës ungjillore "Rruga e paqes" në Lushnjë. Kjo është historia që detajohet në librin e John Butterworth-it.

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Shume e bukur. Zoti ben mrekullira.

Historia me kujtoi filmin gjerman "The lives of others".

 God's Secret Listener

Ja ne kopernina e librit,

edhe me poshte historia e Bertit,

Si osht ajo konga; Jom kapterr me grada e ...

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Listening out for God

In a new book by John Butterworth, Berti Dosti, a former captain in the Albanian army, describes how he came to tune in to the Christian radio broadcast that changed his life


Shared secrets: Captain Berti Dosti with his wife, Tatjana, in 1986

 

 

BERTI DOSTI faced a terrible but in­triguing dilemma. He was an Al­banian army captain, and his job as a radio specialist was to listen to the world’s airwaves during the 1980s, be­cause his country feared it was about to be invaded by the West. He was in the middle of a 24-hour shift, and he was getting tired and bored. As he idly twiddled the radio dials, he heard a voice saying: “If you want to find out more about God, we will meet again tomorrow.”

 

Like all Albanians, 32-year-old Berti had been told that God did not exist, and that anyone caught show­ing an interest in religion could ex­pect a huge punishment to be im­posed not only on him, but also on his family.

 

 

After taking power in 1944, the leader of Albania, Enver Hoxha, had turned the state into the world’s most isolated country, ruling it with Stalinist tyranny and fear. He was determined to wipe out religion, proudly declaring in 1967 that Albania was the “first atheist country in the world”.

 

 

Still, something intrigued Berti; something stirred deep inside him. But how could he dare take up that invitation (from the Christian radio station Trans World Radio)? And, anyway, how could he listen in secret when one in two Albanian army personnel were thought to be government spies?

 

 

Hoxha destroyed churches or con­verted them into post offices, schools, weapon depots, cafés, barns, storehouses, or museums. For the past 23 years of his Communist rule there was not a single functioning church in the country.

 

 

All 2169 religious establishments — including mosques, 268 Roman Catholic churches, and buildings of other denominations and other faiths — were closed. Of the country’s 1600 Orthodox churches, monasteries, and cultural centres in 1967, fewer than 80 were still stand­ing when Communism ended in 1991.

 

 

Many Orthodox priests and Evangelical Christians were sent to prison, tortured, and then executed by firing squad. During Hoxha’s reign of terror, 335 Orthodox priests died by execution, or from mistreat­ment, untreated illnesses, and ex­haus­tion. By the time it finished, only 22 Orthodox priests were still alive.

 

 

DESPITE this, Albanians were proud of their rich religious heritage. In Romans 15.19, St Paul states: “So from Jerusalem all the way round to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.” Illyricum was the Roman province that covered part of present-day Albania, the Dalmatian coast, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herze­govina, and Montenegro.

 

 

Although Hoxha could close religious buildings, he could not stop people believing and keeping to their traditions. There were many stories of brave priests who hid their vest­ments, but continued to carry out their priestly duties and baptised babies. Worshippers also continued to observe Christmas and Easter in secret.

 

 

But Berti had been taught Alban­ian history at school without refer­ence to the country’s religious herit­age. If God was never mentioned at school, why should a 15-minute programme from the enemy in the West intrigue him? To this day, he doesn’t know why, although “some­thing deep down was telling me to listen”.

 

 

“Religion was a total mystery, but I wanted to find out more, particu­larly about creation.”

 

 

He wanted to listen to the next night’s Trans World Radio broadcast without anyone’s knowing. Other­wise, he could be stripped of his uni­form, thrown out of the army, and sent to jail. It would bring an in­glorious end to a brilliant military career for Captain Dosti, who was now in charge of his military base.

 

 

BERTI decided to talk to his wife, Tatjana. “I was worried,” she ad­mitted, “but I have always supported Berti, and knew he would be very careful.” Berti knew that the pro­gramme came on when he would be alone in the base, with just a soldier on guard duty. First, he checked that the soldier was on duty at the entrance to the base, and told him to phone through immediately if there were any visitors whatsoever. Then he walked into his office, and settled back to tune in to Trans World Radio.

 

 

The programme asked “Who is God?” — a question Berti had never considered before. The presenter finished by saying: “If you want to find out more, write to me,” and gave an address which was routed to the European Christian Mission (ECM).

 

 

Hoxha had died in 1985, but nothing really changed in Albania for the next four years. His chosen successor, Ramiz Alia, continued with the one-party state, and used the army to keep order.

 

 

Both Albania and Berti began to change in 1989. Alia had tried to in­tro­duce a programme of cautious liberalisation. But the people were impatient for change: they had watched the Berlin Wall being torn down that year. When the Ceausescu regime in nearby Romania fell, in December 1989, Alia knew that he had to speed up the reforms.

 

 

The press was freed, and opposi­tion newspapers were allowed for the first time. Opposition political par­ties began to form, and the ban on con­tact with foreigners was re­moved. But these cautious changes did not satisfy the people. The authorities became nervous as riot­ing broke out all over the coun­try, and they ordered the mili­tary to quell the riots and to protect public buildings.

 

 

TANKS were stationed on the streets of Albania, and Berti’s job, as com­munications chief at Kavaja, was to be the link between the soldiers in the tanks and his commandant. Berti admitted that the soldiers were un­happy to be deployed against their own people.

 

 

The protests on the streets con­tinued throughout 1990 and into 1991, when, on 21 February, crowds pulled down the large statue of Hoxha in the central square of Tirana. “That was the day Commun­ism in Albania ended,” Berti said.

 

 

Meanwhile, Berti was in corres­pondence with ECM via Trans World Radio. “What are you inter­ested in?” they wrote back after one of his letters in 1990.

 

 

“I want to know more about God.”

 

 

“The answers are in the Bible.”

 

 

“What is the Bible?”

 

 

Berti then asked if they would send him one, which they did. ECM also recommended a correspond­ence course, at which Berti excelled.

 

 

In the time since Hoxha had died, Christians had been amazed by all that had happened in Albania. But even they were staggered when, in July 1991, the government invited Christians to come and show them “how to live properly”.

 

 

The Christians asked the govern­ment where they could hold a rally, and were given the keys to the Qemal Stafa, the main football stadium in the capital Tirana. At the opening event, the Albanian Minister of Cul­ture, Arta Dade, told the crowds: “Our country needs spiritual things.”

 

 

At the end of 1991, and in early 1992, hundreds of missionaries flocked into the country to help set up new churches. A surge of people became Christians over the next 12 to 18 months as the Church spread out from Tirana into the rest of the country.

 

 

ON FRIDAY 23 July 1993, at 6.30 p.m., with the help of missionaries, a church in Berti’s home town of Lushnjë was resurrected, after a gap of nearly half a century. Berti and others gathered their friends for the first service, held in a local home.

 

 

The church’s second service was held in Berti’s house, and, within a month, it was held there every week After the first meeting, Berti was asked to set up and lead the services. Gradually, numbers increased, and as Berti and Tatjana’s home became too small, they began to look for a room to rent for the church. They found a large room over a dental clinic.

 

 

If the new Albanian Church ex­pected a few quiet years in which it could consolidate, nothing could have been further from the truth. The year 1997 was a baptism of fire, with an economic scandal bringing down the government, a civil war, and anarchy on the streets

 

 

Between 1994 and 1996, there had been rapid economic growth in Al­bania. People were tempted to invest in financial institutions offering unrealistically high rates of returns. To keep these high rates of return, banking “pyramids” developed. It is believed that up to two-thirds of the population, including many Chris­tians, invested in what is known as Ponzi schemes.

 

 

Berti sometimes tried, and failed, to persuade people not to sell their homes. “Why are you selling? Are you doing the right thing?” he would ask, but by then they were all deter­mined to go ahead with the deal.

 

 

In October, investors began to lose confidence and withdraw money, and financial institutions began to collapse. On 4 and 5 January 1997, there were long queues as people tried to withdraw their money. The next day, the financial scheme lead­ers disappeared, the system col­lapsed, and thousands of angry Al­ban­ians took to the streets. It is estimated that the Albanian people lost the equivalent of $1.2 billion.

 

 

THEN, things came to a head poli­tically. One of the first towns where trouble erupted was Lushnjë, which was where the pyramid scheme had begun. On Saturday 25 January, crowds began to vent their anger against the government, which they felt should have protected them. Enraged invest­ors went on the ram­page, even at­tack­ing the Foreign Minister, Tritan Shehu, when he visited the town.

 

 

The next day, when Berti made his way to the church at the top of the dental building for the 11 a.m. ser­vice, there were thousands of people in the town centre. Many wanted revenge on the government and were systematically setting fire to all the municipal buildings. Berti thought he would have to cancel the church service, as he didn’t think anyone would dare to turn up.

 

 

When he arrived, however, he was amazed: the church was full. He decided to change the agreed service and lead a prayer meeting instead. As the town’s government buildings burned, so the believers prayed.

 

 

“It was anarchy for the first few months,” Berti said. “It was very dangerous to go out on the streets, as there were even teenagers with guns, and many, many people were killed. Schools and factories were closed, and people couldn’t go to work, even if they had a job to go to.” Many Christians in Berti’s church asked him: should Christians carry guns? Many of them felt unsafe without a weapon, but Berti, who had been trained to use weapons in the army, always advised his church members against it.

 

 

FOR some months, Albania de­scended into chaos. Life was particu­larly dangerous for foreign mission­aries, who were obvious targets. In March 1997, ECM and other Chris­tian organisa­tions pulled out most of their mis­sion­aries and workers for their own safety. Of the 600 or so missionaries in the country, about 550 left. Many were to return three months later.

 

 

Despite the dangers, Berti perse­vered with a three-year course at the Albanian Bible Institute. By 1998, he was the first Albanian full-time pastor of the Way of Peace Church, an emerging Albanian group of churches started by ECM.

 

 

Because Berti had discovered Chris­tianity through the radio, he was always keen that other Albanians should have that opportunity as well. In 2003, Trans World Radio had helped an Albanian Christian org­anisa­tion, Waves of the Gospel, to set up Radio 7 in Tirana to provide pro­grammes to beam throughout their country. Two years later, Berti was delighted to be invited to join the radio board as chairman.

 

 

Monday is Berti’s only day off. But he spends many of his rest days on a three-hour round trip to Radio 7 at Prush, Tirana, to record his two pro­grammes — Words of Hope, a 20-minute programme that covers dif­fer­ent Christian topics, and a three-minute devotional thought for the day.

 

 

“Even though I am very busy, I am really glad God has allowed me to provide this special service,” Berti said. Thirty years ago, at the army base, he had to put on his radio headphones and listen secretly to the Christian programmes.

 

 

Today, on most Mondays, Berti puts on his radio headphones and openly broadcasts the Christian mes­sage to his fellow Albanians. It is on the same frequency the Hoxha regime had used to put out its athe­istic propaganda to its people and its neighbours.

 


Opening up: Berti Dosti, now a full-time pastor, leads worship at the Way of Peace Church, Lushnjë; he is now a leading figure in the Church  
Full circle: from first hearing the Gospel on radio in secret, Pastor Dosti now preaches openly over the airwaves every week

 

 

This is an edited extract from God’s Secret Listener by John Butterworth, which is published by Monarch at £7.99 (CT Bookshop £7.20); 978-1-85424-991.

 Konvertim i mrekullueshëm dhe i paqtë  si shumë e shumë të tjerë .Ajo puna e radio dëgjimit e zbukuron për disa dhe e prish për disa të tjerë. Po  ç'lloj  krishterizmi përfaqson kjo kisha ungjillore "rruga e paqes" megjithse s'ka shuumë rëndësi për ngjarjen.

Sqarimi një, nuk janë Dëshmitarët e Jehovait. smiley Rruga e paqes është kishë evangjeliste.

Po e ka thene vete ai kisha ungjillore, per e sqaron ti spo e marr vesh, ku e pe qe e quajti dikush D.J?

DESPITE this, Albanians were proud of their rich religious heritage.

hu dhe fak did ju spik tu?

cerr cerr cerr ja ben  tigani,  cerrrrrrrrrrrrrr! taf tuf cercet  puqka, tf tf tf,  shko purdhu tash , tanjocka na ka mashtruar.

E ku mund ta gjejme kete librin? Eshte i perkthyer ne shqip?

 nuk e paska kry detyren mir ky heroi i heshtur.

 

 Nga Ylli tek Kryqi,nga ideali ne ideal ja kete ka ber Berti! I ka thene zogu tek veshi se keshtu eshte me mire per ate!Njeriu eshte fati vetes tij!

Une e bleva kete liber, dhe mund t'ju them qe eshte nje liber qe nje lexuesi shqiptar vetem ja shpif. Autori eshte nje gazetar tipik britanik i mbushur me paragjykime dhe qe perdor klishe te dala boje tashme. Mjafton vetem te lexosh parathenien te kuptosh se ke te besh me nje nivel te dobet inteligjence nga ana e autorit. Nje liber i shkruajtur nga nje gazetar medioker per nje audience kristianesh britanik misionar qe u permban leksiku vetem disa fjale, Jessus, Mcdonalds, Muslims etj, ku dhe perpjekja per te pasuruar fjalorin e tyre edhe me Albanian muslims, god miracle made albanian atheist muslim country christian, we played football with albania and won 2-0 in 1989 hahahha thats so funny, all you need to know about Albania is that nobody can place it on the map, that is the world poorest contry, that it had the worlds most represive regime. Enver Hoxha is muslim but he made Albania atheist. Our missionaries found Berti Dosti and made him Christian. 

Ja kaq eshte libri te nderuar. Eshte turp per nje blog shqiptar qe i ben reklame nje pocaqilleku te tille. Ne fakt moralisht me detyroheni edhe parate qe me kushtoi ky liber edhe mundin qe pasi lexova parathenien te zbrese shkallet nga apartamenti im deri ne kat te pare dhe ta hedh ne kosh te plehrave, pasi ishte reklama ne kete blog qe me shtyu ta blija. C'far do presesh nga nje gazetar britanik aman, keta e kane te ngulitur mire se c'duhet te shkruajne kur vjen fjala per Shqiperine e shqiptaret. Lere me qe jane nga keta misioneret e krishtere. Race me idiote e me injorante nuk njeh njerezimi. Komplet te painteresuar per te vertetat e zotit dhe vertete vepren e hyut, por te zhytur ne jeten e tyre mizerje te mbushur me realitete fiktive te mrekullive fiktive te nje zoti fiktiv.

Po ti s'ke turp... ik e jepu leke atyre... po hidhi o ketej, o ik e jepja nje te varfri, ose bleji nje tufe lule zonjes... o sadomasikist qe ngordh te torturosh pak veten.

Do ti hedhesh nje sy ti? Se nuk i kan mbledhur akoma plehrat keta, aty eshte libri. Kur te duash ta dergoj, por ama te paguash ti per posten smiley)

Lere fare se kete rradhe e hengra keq, te ta fus dhe peshku qe dihet boterisht qe s'ka as tru me mir tja fusesh vetes.

E le peshkun fare! E po e cove me poste, e hedh rojell mejllin ne gjyq! aj koll dhe pelliis for sespektid pekixhis.

Për të komentuar tek Peshku pa ujë, ju duhet të identifikoheni ose të regjistroheni (regjistrimi është falas).