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January 2014
Albania

Albania – 20 years on

Shaun Thompson, of the Albanian Evangelical Mission in Gjirokastër for 20 years, reflects on the needs of Albania today.   The opening up of Albania, and later Kosova, to Christian missions, was rightly hailed as a great opportunity for the gospel. When Albanians emerged from that notorious atheistic dictatorship, many showed an interest to learn something about religion, previously a forbidden subject. Emigration During 1991-1996 hundreds of missionaries moved into Albania, evangelising freely and opening churches in every town. It was a good start, but in many cases it was interrupted by what I consider the biggest challenge to the Albanian church in the last...

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February 2012
Albania

Albanian Evangelical Mission

World Mission Albanian Evangelical Mission Christmas Day saw the retirement of David Young, director and one of the founders of the Albanian Evangelical Mission (AEM). Here is an interview between him and William Hadspen: WH: David, how did you become drawn to Albania so many years ago? DMY: When I was 18, I worked as a postman in Germany for a while before going to Cambridge to read modern and mediæval languages. Having been converted through the Methodist Church in Basingstoke, I worshipped with the Methodists in Backnang, and was invited to live with a family who had escaped from East Germany.     Through them,...

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Missionary Spotlight – Christ in postmodern Albania
July 2008
Albania

Missionary Spotlight – Christ in postmodern Albania

Christ in postmodern Albania   Children are not only a most wonderful gift from God but a most welcome distraction from the pressures of modern living. They have a tendency to see things in black and white and are often very perceptive.   One seven-year-old described a towel as ‘the thing you clean your hands on after you have washed them’. Their perception is not always so acute, however, when they want something. I often hear our three-year-old saying, ‘Daddy I need ” – when what she really means is, ‘I want’.      It is disturbing to see our society reflected in a three-year-old. Many...

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June 2006
Albania

Albanian mission anniversary

                                         Albanian mission anniversary   The Albanian Evangelical Mission (AEM) marked the 20th anniversary of its founding with special meetings in Oxford on Saturday 1 April at the Reformed Baptist Church in Albert Street. People gathered from various parts of England and Wales.      The first session was addressed by AEM director David Young ― on the theme of ‘Looking back’. He described four phases of the work: the years of preparation in prayer for Albania, 1976-1986; the first period ofgrowth in the mission’s work in Albania, 1986-1997; the years of sifting,1997-2001 (in Albania civil unrest; in Kosova war; in Britain an attempt to get...

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June 2006
Albania

John Blanchard visits Albania

                                            John Blanchard visits Albania   Albania is only slightly larger than Wales and its population of 3.5 million is just a little more than that of the Principality, but there the comparisons end.       While Wales shares the benefits of being part of a modern Western state, Albania is the second-poorest country in Europe, with only Moldova worse off. According to Operation World, economic life in Albania ‘is almost wholly dependent on remittances from Albanians abroad, smuggling and foreign aid’.      Spiritually, the contrast with Wales is even more striking. Wales has a long history of gospel witness, punctuated by extraordinary outbursts of blessing, such...

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April 1998
Albania

Missionary Spotlight-Albanian update

Early last year, Albania erupted into violence and anarchy, and by July most of the major cities apart from Tirana were controlled by gangs. All major roads were plagued with robberies and murder, making travel very hazardous. Many lost their lives, many more their property, and many were seriously injured. By September the general civil situation was improving as the authorities made numerous arrests of criminal gang members and collected a large number of weapons. Things are now more or less normal. At the same time, people became more open to hearing the gospel. The church in Albania held together firmly, and sought to be...

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April 1998
Albania

Missionary Spotlight

Albanian update Early last year, Albania erupted into violence and anarchy, and by July most of the major cities apart from Tirana were controlled by gangs. All major roads were plagued with robberies and murder, making travel very hazardous. Many lost their lives, many more their property, and many were seriously injured. By September the general civil situation was improving as the authorities made numerous arrests of criminal gang members and collected a large number of weapons. Things are now more or less normal. At the same time, people became more open to hearing the gospel. The church in Albania held together firmly, and sought...

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June 1997
Albania

Missionary Spotlight – Republic of Albania

History Although in New Testament times Albania had a flourishing Christian church, it had become part of the Ottoman Turk empire by 1468. Muslim domination continued right up until 1912 when independence was achieved from Turkey. One of the earliest attempts to re-evangelize the population was made in 1828, when the Bible Society completed the translation of the New Testament into Albanian. After a visit to the country in 1863 Alexander Thomson reported: ‘In all these extensive districts … there is no missionary whatsoever …’ Some years later it was stated that ‘Albania is perhaps … the most backward in the empire as regards civilization...

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