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Multiplication in Albania

Albania, once declared an atheist state, is now very ripe spiritually although poverty-stricken. The Baptist Union of Albania is one of the smallest in Europe but very missions minded, as the existing churches are being multiplied.

Christianity in Albania claims apostolic roots since the Bible mentions a visit of Titus to Dalmatia, the province on the territory of today’s Albania (2Tim 4,10). Since the 15th century until the 19th century the nation got under the rule of the Ottoman Empire when Islam became the dominant religion. In 1817 the British and Foreign Bible Society made efforts towards providing the Albanians with a New Testament in their own language. These foreign efforts led in 1892 to establishment of the Albanian Evangelical Brotherhood which had three goals: to preach the gospel, to publish the Bible and to open schools in Albanian language.