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New Ministry in Albania

by Josh Fajardo, Europe Area Director | Sep 2021 | Heartbeat, HB Albania, HB Europe

Map of Albania and portrait of Bregus

Albania is known for its archaeological heritage, unspoiled beaches, unique traditions and hospitality. Yet, it is one of Europe’s least developed countries.

Few Albanians consider religion to be a dominant factor in their lives. Religious demographics indicate the majority of Albanians are Muslim (62%). Only 31% of the people are Christian – 17% Orthodox, 13% Catholic and only 0.2% evangelical Christian. Seven percent are nonreligious. With a population of 2.8 million, we recognize most Albanians are waiting to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.

FMWM-Europe is pleased to announce the start of new work in Albania led by Algent and Erjona Bregu. The Bregus are appointed as community engagement coordinators. Algent works full time as a barber and engages his community through cycling, fishing and camping ministries. He has also participated in the Community Church Planting (CCP) training in Thessaloniki, Greece. Erjona is a certified primary school teacher. They plan to establish a learning center in Korça, where they will minister to children from needy families. This center will offer educational and social programs. Their passion is to help develop healthy children and families who will become mature and effective witnesses for Jesus Christ in their community.

Algent and Erjona share:

We have a burning desire to be with people, inviting them into relational connections by following and exercising common interests, hobbies and passions – while at the same time strengthening our relationships. By building a spirit of togetherness and sincere friendship, we believe it will be easier to find the right opportunities to share our faith with them. We also believe this new spiritual life with Christ will have an impact on their families as well.

Please join us in prayer and partnership as we launch this new ministry. To learn more, visit FMWM Albania.