Many Albanians begin considering the Gospel after they discover the historical contributions of pioneering Evangelicals to Albanian language, education, and culture. Frontline is helping local partners to publish this Gospel-saturated history—a strategic tool to help Albanian believers share their faith in a context where religion is vital to one’s identity.
In 2016–17, Albanian Evangelical churches will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the first Christian missionaries and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Albanians love history and these anniversaries provide a strategic opportunity to articulate the Gospel and demonstrate to unreached Albanians that Biblical Christianity is not an anti-Albanian sect but was a critical part of establishing their national identity by developing their written language and opening schools. In 1816, the British and Foreign Bible Society first brought God’s Word to the Albanian people living under Ottoman rule. Later, Evangelical missionary movements produced churches, schools, and national leaders who would lead the Albanians in their quest for freedom. The Albanian population is less than 1% Evangelical but after 500 years of Ottoman rule and 50 years of atheistic communism, the Evangelical church is being revived. Unfortunately, most Albanians know nothing of this spiritual and national heritage.
Frontline is supporting the transcription, translation, and publication of primary documents—hundreds of Gospel-saturated sources of early Albanian history that will be widely distributed to diverse audiences, opening extraordinary Gospel opportunities for the Albanian people.
Frontline Missions works to advance the Gospel, forming vibrant, Word-centered, disciple-making churches, especially in those regions of the world that have the least Light. We are driven by the same desire that animated the apostle Paul who said it was always his ambition to preach the Gospel where Christ was not known (Romans 15:20). We pursue this goal by equipping Christians on the frontlines to reach their own people for Christ, by forming strategic partnerships with them, and by developing creative platforms in countries closed to traditional missions.