Albania

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Top 5 People Groups

Albanian Tosk: 1,722,000

Albanian Gheg: 874,000

Macedonian: 138,000

Gorani: 35,000

Greek: 28,000

Religion

Muslim: 67%

Christian: 27.6%

Evangelical: 0.5%

Non-religious: 5.4%


Reference:

Operation World

CIA Factbook

Joshua Project

About Albania

Declared the world´s first atheist state in 1967, Albania went through a period of great spiritual darkness under the leadership of Enver Hoxha. The Marxist dictator sought to erase any semblance of religion from his country, and revered places of worship for both Catholics and Muslims were destroyed. Many religious leaders were imprisoned, tortured, and executed. It was not until 1991, when the communists lost power, that religious freedom returned to this eastern European nation.

Christianity has deep roots in Albania that can be traced back to the days of the early Church. The apostle Paul visited the area, then known as Illyria, on one of his missionary journeys (see Romans 15:19). At the time the Balkan peninsula was part of the Roman Empire. The Ottomans took control of the region in the 15th century and Islam became the dominant religion. Ottoman rule continued for 500 years. Today Albania is the only predominantly Muslim nation in Europe, with 60 percent of the population considered adherents of Islam. Christians make up about 35 percent, with 20 percent identified as Orthodox, 14 percent as Catholic, and less than one percent as evangelical.

Albania has endured a long, difficult journey toward both political and religious liberty. The country remained under Ottoman control until 1912, when it became an independent state and was ruled by a series of monarchies for about 25 years. Albania was occupied by Fascist Italy followed by Nazi Germany during World War II. After liberation from Nazi occupation in 1944, the country became a Communist state led by Enver Hoxha until his death in 1985.

The People´s Socialist Republic was dissolved in 1990, and the Republic of Albania was officially founded in 1991. During 50 years of dictatorship, two generations were raised without any religious background. It did not take long, however, for new churches to sprout up. One church planter in Albania reports that there are now 149 evangelical churches in the country. According to Joshua Project, of the 17 people groups in Albania, five remain unreached.

Recent Prayerline Posts

ALBANIA. In this 57-percent Muslim country, summer outreach camps are an effective, non-threatening way for native missionaries to share the gospel with whole families. Children are free to ask questions and receive answers about the gospel, and they often bring the message of Christ home to their families. Peace of Christ Mission leaders desire to take 50 children to a six-day summer camp, costing $15 per child ...

ALBANIA. Brothers Mission distributes New Testaments ($9 each), shares the gospel, and teaches Bible lessons in an Albanian prison. The prisoners welcome the gospel, and many receive the Lord Jesus. Their families notice the difference in their lives as they move from violence to peaceful behavior. Pray that as prisoners are released, the Lord will work through them to plant churches and set captives free ...

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