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(Albanian) The God Who Is There

Country and Language

The two most dominant Albanian-speaking regions (Albania and Kosovo) have a common history. After a 600-year reign by the Ottoman Empire, Albania was officially an atheistic nation during the last half of the 20th century. Kosova was one of the provinces within the former nation of Yugoslavia. Both nations declared (by popular vote) religious freedom in the 1990s. Since then, evangelical churches and mission agencies have multiplied but growth has been slow with limited resources. The genocide in Kosova in 1998-99 sought to unravel the freedoms of the people, but other nations stood with the people of Kosova and for 10 years the region has been a UN protectorate.

Within the oversight of the UN and the Albanian population in Albania and elsewhere, the church is seeking to expand its witness, train leaders, and prepare pastors. At the same time, Muslim countries continue to pour in huge amounts of aid and influence. The Albanian churches see literature, Christian instruction, and theological education as key tools for growth and reaching out to the non-religious and nominal Muslim. (Operation World)

Demographics

Population: 5,493,000
91% First Language Albanian Speakers
92% Literacy Rate
0.15% Protestant

* Statistics are from Operation World, IWS, and World Factbook

Resource

In February 2009, Don Carson presented a 14-part seminar entitled “The God Who Is There” at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. This series will serve the church well because it simultaneously evangelizes non-Christians and edifies Christians by explaining the Bible’s storyline in a non-reductionistic way. It’s one thing to know the Bible’s storyline, but it’s another to know one’s role in God’s ongoing story of redemption. “The God Who Is There” engages people at the worldview-level.

Project Details


Language: Albanian
Format: Soft Cover
Project Cost: $7,000
Case Quanity: 25
Case Weight: 1.7 lbs

Partners


Baker Books has a vision for building up the body of Christ through books that are relevant, intelligent, and engaging. 

New Life Publishing specializes in providing resources for the whole process of evangelism, discipleship, movement building and missions. Our staff hope that future publications will increase the capacity of the Albanian church to offer the Good News of Jesus Christ to Albanians who need to hear the message!