After World War II, Albania became a Stalinist state under Enver Hoxha, and remained
staunchly isolationist until its transition to democracy after 1990. During this period it
was the only declared athiest country in the world. All religions were banned. It was also
recognised by the UN as being the poorest country in Europe.
However once a democracy, religion was tolerated and although most inhabitans are
from an Otterman Muslim background The Holy Spirit is spreading through the
communities and many are coming to know and love Christ.
In 1999 I was privilged to be invited to visit with Pastor Paul Hartnel and Songwriter/
Worship Leader John Kennett. Our remit apart from preaching and ministry to some
churches was also to visit ophanages, hospital and the newly formed Christian Radio Station
with the view of offering some funding.
Although very scenic, and freed from the tyranical Stalinist Communist regime, it still has
many problems. Apart from a poor economy, bribery and corruption, there is a great divide
between the rich and poor. There is still political unrest and the Albanian Mafia has been
instrumental in much drug dealing and prostitution.