Albania has a population on 3 million. It is a former Communist country. The nation emerged from the Communist economy in the 1990s, but remains one of Europe’s two poorest nations. While there is marked improvement, poor infrastructure, corruption and high emigration rates hamper further growth.
No religion was allowed to exist in Communist Albania from 1967.The ban was lifted in 1990, but no legal provision for religious freedom was made until 1998. Since then, Albania enjoys total religious freedom, cherished by many.The majority of Albanians are very nominal, but some traditional religious groups have had a tendency to resent and oppose the proselytism and activities of both evangelicals and marginal cults.
Since the country became more open to religion much good work has been done. The Albanian Church is still maturing with greater indigenous leadership, nationwide organizational structures and a more holistic vision for discipleship and evangelism. In just few years the number of evangelicals has grown from nearly zero to several thousands.
Still it is important to pray for the country. Albania has a long road ahead to recover completely from the devastation of atheistic Communism. Economically, morally and in particular, spiritually, there remains much to be done to build a healthy and productive society.