Area: 28,748 sq km
A mountainous Balkan state on the Adriatic Sea.
Population: 3,169,087 Annual Growth: 0.37%
Official language: Albanian Languages: 7 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Thank God for His work in this land that, for years, was resolutely closed to the gospel. Many credit concentrated prayer and intercession as major factors in seeing Albania opened for ministry. Much good work has been done since then.
Christian help ministries:
a) Scripture translation. There are three complete translations of the Bible in Albanian; one literal, one paraphrased and one Catholic. The NT was recently retranslated into modern Albanian in a collaborative project of Orthodox, Catholics and Protestants; a new OT translation is underway in the same project. Pray for accuracy, timely completion and for widespread use of the Scriptures.
b) Religious literature from many faiths flooded the country upon the fall of Communism. EHC blanketed the country with Christian literature twice. Christian books are published by Vernon, Karte e Pende and Shigjeta as well as by several missions, but there are very few Christian bookstores. Pray for translation of useful Christian books and literature and for their impact.
c) Christian radio is an area of great growth. TWR, Albanian partners Gospel Waves and Radio 7 produce and broadcast non-stop on shortwave and FM via several transmitters and stations. They are hoping to expand their broadcast reach into Kosovo as well. Words of Hope is also producing and broadcasting radio programmes in Albania. Pray for wider coverage so that people in more isolated areas may also be blessed.
For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Albania.