Albania was first a catholic country due to the Roman’s invasion, but in the 15th century after the Ottoman invasion it became Muslim. Since it shares a border in the south with Greece, many inhabitants of these areas are orthodox. From the end of the 1960s practicing a religion was forbidden by the communist regime. It was after the fall of this regime that the Albanians started to practice religion again.
April 18 through May 2 will be an extended mission combining evangelism and medical missions in Tirana, Albania and Thessaloniki, Greece. We’ll be returning to Albania to continue the work we began in 2021.
It is not a coincidence that the foundations of Christian faith in both nations were laid by the Apostle Paul. When Apostle Paul evangelized Europe, travelling westward on the Via Egnatia he preached at Thessalonica, the largest city on this great highway. This became the center from which Christianity radiated to Athens and Corinth, also to the province of Illyricum. Paul’s missionary journeys followed Roman highways, and along them extended the chain of early churches. A trip of 150 miles along the Egnatian highway from Thessalonica westward would penetrate to the heart of Albania.
Though Albania is a Muslim country today, it is a safe place to share the Gospel.
The evangelical church in Albania is just 0.5% of the population. Many people have not heard of Jesus and the local churches need help to spread the Good News.
Our mission will focus on the most underprivileged communities, the Roma people, the Egyptian minorities, and the poor Albanian families from the North.
During the outreach you will share testimonies of how Jesus impacted your life, help distribute food and other supplies, assist in the medical clinic, pray for people, distribute Bibles and Gospel tracts, engage youth and children in activities that will introduce them to the Gospel message and many other opportunities to show the love of Christ.
The medical clinic is a great way to attract people who are intimidated by the idea of church. We need medical and non-medical professionals to assist in the clinic.
Our work in Albania will be mostly in the capital city of Tirana, but we will also visit some of the surrounding cities.
From Albania we will travel to Thessaloniki with a stop in Meteora, one of the most unique and mysterious rock formations in Greece where in the 11th century AD monks made their dwellings in the caves and later a complex of monasteries was built.
The ministry in Thessaloniki will also focus on the Roma communities, many of whom moved to Greece from Albania.
Since May WMA has partnered with the Albanian churches in the child sponsorship program, to provide a better quality of life and education for the children from underprivileged communities. Our work will be helping further and solidify this work.
Through medical missions, orphanage support and partnership with local churches we have an unprecedented opportunity to safely share the love of Christ in Albania and Greece!
These are the ministry opportunities you will have.
- Orphan ministry
- Bible teaching
- Medical missions
- Bible Distribution
- Gypsy community outreach