Albanian Church Update
Greetings from Albania and the Albanian Evangelical Alliance.
Thank you very much for your commitment to pray for the Church in
Albania, and for the refugee situation in the area. We appreciate it,
and are encouraged to know that the body of Christ around the world is
standing together with us, right before the throne of God, interceding
for His power and strength for us. We are learning a lot, as we are
seeing how the Lord is using the Church in Albania in a very mighty way
to bring about His care, hope and love to the people in need. But at
the same time, I think we have a lot to learn from the way in which the
body of Christ around the world is standing with us in prayer and in
As you might know, the Church in Albania is still a very young one, and
yet the Lord has chosen to work through it, in order to show His might
and power. In 1991 right when Communism fell, we had no Evangelical
Churches, except five known Evangelical believers. In the same year,
the first big evangelism campaign took place in Tirana, out of which
the first disciples were baptised and the first Church started.
Today, eight years later, we have more than 160 Churches all over
Albania, and a total number of 8,000 evangelicals. You can see how
the Church is growing!
As Albania has faced a huge crises with more than 450,000 Kosovar
refugees, the Church has been on the front of the action. There is no
town in Albania where there has been a Church and that Church has not
done something in helping the needy Kosovar refugees. In most of the
places, the Churches were the first one to respond to the needs of the
Kosovars. The involvement of the Church has been different in
different places. The Christians have distributed food, clothes, have
provided shelter for the refugees. Our work has been remarkable for
another reason, and that is that we have treated Kosovars as
individuals. In other words we have built relationships with them,
shared the love of Christ with them through our actions and not just
through our words.
In the beginning of our work, the Kosovars were really hesitant to
accept our help, because they soon discovered that we were Christians,
and they had a very bad image of Christians persecuting them. But, as
we came near to them, and showed them our love and care, they became
our friends and in such a way very open to the gospel. Through out
this crises, our Churches all around Albania have been filled with
Kosovars. And this is not just in one or ten Churches, or in five
towns, but everywhere.
There are great reports of what the Lord is doing through His Church
for the refugees, and even for the local communities in Albania.
What is happening now!
As you might know, Kosova is open now, Serb military and police have
withdrawn, so the Kosovars are free to go in.
The evidence in Albania is that the majority of the Kosovars is
returning back home. They suffered a great deal over the past months,
now the time has come for them to get back in their homes. As they
are going back they are filled with mixed emotions and expectations.
On one side they are happy and filled with joy to go back. On the
other there is a sense of insecurity about their future life. A lot
of them have left Kosova in the flames of the war, others seeing their
houses burn down.
The Church in Albania is committed to go back with the Kosovars and
help them settle in their lives in Kosova. There are already a lot of
Churches from Albania who have gone with some families they have known
over the past months, in order to see what the needs are. All the
Churches from Durres are going there tomorrow with 25 trucks of food
for the people in need.
We will go back as a Church and help the Kosovars to:
1. Rebuild their homes.
2. Help them with their living until they reestablish their life.
3. We will work together with the Evangelical Churches of Kosova to
further the work of the Gospel and Church planting in Kosova.
The opportunities of the gospel that are opening up now before us are
really great, and we would like to take the chance and go for it.
We as an Alliance have been active over the past months in helping the
Churches in their projects they were developing with financial and
other material help.
We see our role now in bringing the Church together and planing a
common strategy and plan for working in Kosova in the humanitarian
aspect, and also in evangelism and Church planting.
We would appreciate it if you pray in this time for us for all those
things that the Lord is doing.
1. Praise the Lord that finally this war in Kosova has stopped.
2. "PEACE" is one word, but the time it takes to become a reality is
another concept, specially in this part of the world. Please pray
for real peace in Kosova, and also in Serbia and other parts of the
3. Pray that the Lord would give the Church in Albania a common plan
and strategy for helping the needy people and bringing the gospel
to them. We have a meeting on June 28th with all Church leaders and
organizations. Pray for this meeting that the Lord would give us
direction and humbled hearts before Him.
4. There are seven Evangelical Churches in Kosova. Pray that the Lord
would strengthen and build them up in this situation. Pray that
the Lord would use this moment in a very mighty way to push the
darkens away and light this region with the gospel. We believe it!
5. Pray for all humanitarian aspect, that it would reach the people in
6. Pray for the Church in Albania, that through this situation, we
would grow also.
7. Please pray for all the peoples in the Balkans, and specially for
the Church, that we are all face ethnic problems in our countries,
the Lord would cause us as His body to stand together and reconcile
with Him and one another.
Once again, I want to thank you, and your friends, for continually
praying for us.
Our Hope in Jesus,
General Secretary, The Albanian Evangelical Alliance Email: VUSH@maf.org
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