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Under the 40-year reign of Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha, Albania was one of the most repressive societies in the world. In the first country to officially declare itself atheist, Christians and Muslims alike were persecuted. Many were executed.

In the early 1990s, mission agencies could only name 16 known believers left in the country. But the Lord has turned a grim past into an exciting present. There are now thousands of first-generation Albanian Christians.

What impresses most is their desire to grow theologically and to bring the good news of Christ to their neighbors. The Lord is doing a work in the Albanian-speaking countries of southeast Europe.

To support this remarkable movement, The Gospel Coalition has recently launched its newest international website, TGC Albanian. Please pray that God would use the website to reach into the hearts of Albanians everywhere, drawing many to Christ in lands where so few have heard of the Savior.

Ways to pray:

  1. Praise for the work of early missionaries who entered Albania when it opened in the early 1990s
  2. For continued growth of churches, both in numbers and unity
  3. For a softening of the older generation, which has been deeply shaped by Stalinism and is more likely to resist the gospel

“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4–5

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