Albania & Kosovo
Words of Hope is building the church in Albania & Kosovo by giving those curious about Christianity a safer way to explore the faith.
Albania is a hard place. One of the poorest nations in Europe, Albania was ruled by a Communist regime for many years. Under this regime, no religion was allowed to exist within the country. This meant that all religious activities, including listening to gospel broadcasts, were strictly forbidden. Thankfully, when the communist regime lost power in the 1990s, the religious ban was also lifted, and legal provisions were made for religious freedom. Having been liberated from the government mandate of atheism, 62% of the population now identifies as Muslim and 30% as Christian. The Albanian church is growing, and indigenous Christian leadership is impacting communities with the gospel.
Albania has a long way to go to recover completely from the devastating impact of atheistic Communism, but today, thanks to Words of Hope’s supporters, Albanians can listen freely to Christian radio broadcasts. With additional media tools ranging from print devotionals to smartphone apps, Words of Hope is bringing the good news of Jesus into the hearts and homes of Albanians.
“It has been very effective. We have heard many testimonies about how the program penetrates the hearts of Albanian listeners. Almost all the people in our church are regular listeners to the programs. They not only listen to it, but they also discuss the topics in different Bible studies or prayer groups. They talk about the messages and especially the examples and personal stories in the programs. Many listeners encourage others to listen also, particularly those who haven’t accepted Christ.
Pastor and current Words of Hope Albania broadcaster Albert Dosti first heard the gospel in the 1980s on Words of Hope’s Albanian radio broadcasts. At that time, Albania’s Marxist regime made atheism mandatory. Listening to gospel broadcasts was explicitly forbidden. However, Albert was so attracted to the gospel that, despite the risks, he jeopardized his freedom to continue listening. Today that hard-line government is no longer in power, and Albanians can freely listen to several Christian FM radio stations that feature daily broadcasts from Words of Hope’s Albanian programs.
Target Area: Albania, Kosovo
Broadcasters: Albert Dosti
Transmission Site: Radio 7 – Tirana, Radio Emanuel – Korce, Radio Logos – Pogradec
- Pray for increased production of printed devotionals.
- Pray for the ministry to Kosovo, including a second transmitter to extend coverage to the entire country.
- Pray for listeners who face persecution because of their faith. Pray for volunteers to help with follow-up.