In February of 1967, Enver Hoxha, Albania’s leader since the end of WWII until his death in 1985, declared Albania the world’s first atheist nation. All churches and mosques were closed. Many of them destroyed. Towns bearing religious names were renamed. Parents were no longer allowed to give their children a name associated with a religious faith. Individuals who refused to give up their faith positions were arrested or forced into hiding.
Missionary organizations were warmly embraced following the fall of communism in 1991. During the nineties, the gospel message was spread to every city and village in Albania. Albanians were eager to learn of Christ and many made professions of faith.
Today, Albanians will identify themselves as Muslim, Orthodox, or Catholic. For most this is merely a label, in name only, as they have taken upon themselves the religious roots of their family prior to the rise of communism. Fewer than 1% of Albanians are evangelical believers. Jesus has commanded us to “go and make disciples of all nations.” First generation believers comprise the evangelical churches in Albania. These believers are young in their faith and in their understanding of biblical truth.
Why GDQ International Christian School?
- Contributing to the missionary effort in Albania by providing the children of missionaries a Christ-centered, international, and academically enriching education
- Touching the lives of international children
- Touching the lives of families who live and work in Albania
- Gaining a broader educational view and perspective of the world
- Connecting with missionary families and ministry organizations
- Working with a multinational staff
- Experiencing a different part of the world and a rich mediterranean culture