Albania is a small country in the Balkans, with a population of just over 2.8 million people. The land has been contested and conquered many times throughout history. The Macedonians, Romans, Ottomans, Italians, and Communist have all had a part in controlling Albania.
In spite of this (or perhaps because of it) the people of Albania have become very exceptionally accommodating to strangers and friends alike. They might spend a months salary on one meal for a guest. They also practice the “Kanun” which focuses on honor, hospitality, right conduct, and family loyalty. Hospitality is seen even in the fact that Mother Teresa was a native Albanian before devoting her life to charity in India.
Despite their kind and accommodating attitude towards strangers, friends, and family, the Albanians have a deep spiritual need. Their religious history has dragged them through Roman Catholicism, Greek Orthodoxy, Islam, Communism, and now Islam again. They now have no official religion, but nearly 60% of the population are Muslim. Thankfully, there is an open door in Albania for missionaries to go share the gospel. Please pray that God would send more laborers into this field!
10 Largest Urban Populations:
2.9 million people
Less than 1% evangelical Christian