On September 15th, two missionaries arrived safely in Tirana, the capital city of Albania. They experienced God’s protecting hands throughout the trip and offered a prayer of gratitude to God upon their arrival.
Christianity was introduced to Albania in apostolic times. From the 15th century to the 19th century, under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, Christianity was replaced by Islam as the majority religion in the country. In 1945, an estimated 68 percent of the population was Muslim; 19 percent was Orthodox, and 13 percent, was Roman Catholic. In 1967, the government declared that it had eliminated all religions in the country and proclaimed itself the first atheist state in the world. The right to practice religion was restored in late 1990. Although Catholics are not the majority in Albania now, they are well respected, including for their work in the education and health fields. Please pray for the work of the missionaries to preach the gospel with God’s love to the peoples in Albania.