The name “Albanian” derives from an ancient town named by Ptolemy called Albanopolis. The name comes from the Latin word albus, meaning “white.” The inhabitants descend from the Illyrians who are from the western Balkan Peninsula. There are two major groups based on dialects: the Gheg and the Tosk. The Gheg are known to be more stern and courageous in comparison to the Tosk. The Ottoman Empire converted them to Islam; however, Albania is the world’s first atheistic state. There are approximately 523,000 Albanian, Gheg in Macedonia making them the second largest people group in Macedonia.Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Impact SKOPJE was a city-wide outreach which took place in Macedonia. There were 150 participants from 13 countries in Europe and the United States. One team states,
“We went with our team to the old city where mostly Muslim-background Albanians live. Prayer and intercession had a very important role in our team outreach. Part of the team prayed and interceded the whole time, while others contacted the people. We were able to speak and pray with about 15 people, mostly Muslims. There was a growing freedom and we had very good conversations and responses.”
Pray for continued ministry among Albanian Muslims in Macedonia.Sustainability // The Bigger Story
There are approximately 1000 Pentecostal believers in Macedonia and 17 churches. Pray for these churches as they minister to Albanian Muslims.Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray the Holy Spirit empowers missionaries and the local church to effectively reach the Albanian, Gheg in Macedonia.
- Pray God opens the hearts of the Albanians to the gospel.
- Pray for more workers and church planters to minister in Macedonia.