News by email Donate


World News

Christianity Explored taken up across Albania

by Cara Bentley

Christianity Explored (CE) is a seven week series for people who want to investigate Christianity or brush up on the basics. It explores who Jesus is, why he came and what it means to follow him and is done in many churches throughout the UK.

The course was only brought to Albania in May this year, with 80 pastors attending the launch in Tirana, the capital. Now, six courses have finished with 36 people saying they have become Christians.

Pastor Craig Dyer is the Director of Training for CE and has visited Albanian churches to help launch it there.

Dyer told Premier Christian Radio that the idea to translate it started when some Albanian pastors were using the CE prison ministry version and asked if they could have the original course material for regular use in churches too. 

"They loved the way that it took people directly to Mark's gospel and didn't assume any prior knowledge" he said. 

To produce the course material in their vernacular, CE teamed up with Albanian pastor Erion Cuni and the charity Adopt-A-Child, who provide food, medical care and relational support for children in Albania from poor families.

140 CE leaders have been now been trained and 1,500 course notebooks printed, with 26 courses currently going on. 

"We're so encouraged to see the uptake" Dyer said, "It's always a miracle, it's always of God's grace and we know that with anything like that he gets the glory because he does the work in people's lives. 

"But at the same time we have that expectation that his word is perfect and it will do exactly what he sent it to do and simply by taking people into the gospel of Mark and helping them to journey through it and encounter the Lord Jesus, particularly through Mark's focal point on who Jesus is and why he came and what it means to follow him, that very simple but very searching format, then it seems to be very effective and we're deeply grateful to God for that."

The formerly Communist country has suffered financially since the regime's fall in 1991, with the church feeling the effects, previously having little money for evangelism resources. It is predominantly Muslim but most are nominal and are up for asking the big questions according to Dyer. 

He said: "There is an openness and an opportunity to speak openly about the Lord Jesus and people are obviously interested in the issues of life and what it's all about and the issues of death and how do we get through it. And in the gospel we have something glorious."

Samples of the recently translated version have also sent to pastors in Boston and Philadelphia in the US where 70,000 Albanians live.

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email