Art Hitt probably has spent more time in Albania as a short-term missionary than anyone else since the fall of communism.
Recently, Art received a letter from Rinalda Proko, the daughter of Ilir Proko, one of Art’s Albanian students who became a Christian in 1994. Renalda is now studying and doing research in an Arkansas university. Art received her letter on his birthday.
Renalda writes, “During the 90s when Albania was transitioning from a communist to a democracy regime, my dad,, a young man from a persecuted family, finally could start his studies in law while having his new family. Eager to learn new languages, he finally could contact someone to learn English. I never understood in those times why every weekend, I would see my father read a voluminous black leather book even through he was overwhelmed with his studies. That book was our first Bible, sent as a gift by someone who was planning to visit us.
“Then it happened. A wonderful man,, the man who was doing Bible study with my dad, visited us for the first time.”
After 27 years of silent separation, the smiling little girl in the picture, now a woman, found Art in Facebook and shouted, “Dad, he is here.” Her father’s eyes filled with tears. Rinalda wrote to Art, and Art was able to visit the family again during his last trip to Albania in 2019.
Rinalda concludes, “Happy Birthday dear Arthur Hitt! I wish you all the blessings! Thank you for what you have done in our lives! You are and will remain precious to my family!”