TEN partners with churches and organisations in Albania who are working towards their recovery from dictatorship and persecution and support our Albanian partners as they serve the poor and share the love of Jesus. Some of the ways we currently help include loving and accepting gypsies with no previous Christian witness, establishing a bible school and providing young people with hope for a better future.
Our Partners in Albania
It is fantastic that Enver Hoxha’s regime to eradicate all forms of worship has been toppled, but the after-effects of such a dictatorship are still prevalent throughout Albania. Please pray for wholeness and healing for those who suffered during Hoxha’s reign.
During communism people were told repeatedly and forcefully, that there is no God; please pray for a reversal of this lie, that people will hear the truth and accept it.
Pray for the next generation in Albania. They have more freedom and opportunity than their parents, pray that they can make good use of these privileges.
Muslim countries have invested huge sums of money sending aid and missionaries into Albania. Please pray that Albania may be spared the sorrows of extreme Islamism, and that Muslims may turn from the religion forced on the population in the 14th Century by their Turkish Ottoman conquerors.
Due to Christians being martyred during communism; Godly people with years of experience are scarce across Albania. Pray that God will raise up new leaders and that appropriate training will be available for them.
Pray for good governance within Albania; for Albania to be free from corruption, greed and discrimination. Pray that every person in Albania will be given the human rights they deserve regardless of race, wealth, religion or background.
As WWII ended the Albanian Communist Party began. It took complete control in 1946. Dictator Enver Hoxha boasted, “that where Hitler failed I succeeded in completely eradicating all religious opposition to my regime.” Albanians were trapped in their own country; no media or personnel were allowed in or out. They were governed by fear and fed propaganda that they were the world’s richest nation, and also that they were under constant military attack from abroad. The reality was they were the poorest nation in Europe and no such attacks were founded. Christians were martyred and imprisoned by the secret police and underground spies who were keen to put an end to all religious practises.
In 1992, elections ended 47 years of communism and Albania became a free-market country; though almost wholly dependent on remittances from Albanians abroad, smuggling and foreign aid. In 1996, a severe crisis developed, when private pyramid investment schemes collapsed. Around 70% of Albanians lost their savings (in total more than US $1 billion), resulting in nationwide disturbances and riots. Towns where the entire workforces were employed by only one factory were left destitute as the economy collapsed.
Today, Albania’s infrastructure still needs improvements as there is a reliance on foreign imports and investment. Despite this, there is much hope for the next generation. Albania is economically stable, remains at peace, and in a democracy that allows people to worship publicly. Many Albanian Christians and Social Action Projects are working in areas of poverty to provide education and discipleship, deliver humanitarian aid and work with their local communities towards a better future for all.