4 preachers/ 8 days/ 10 churches April 22-29, 2015
A year ago I was invited with a group of other pastors to preach in Albania/Kosovo. The date was set and we are just a few days away from when these meetings will start.
Over an eight-day period, a team of four American pastors and one pastor’s wife will be engaged in what may well be the first ever church revival meetings in the Eastern European countries of Albania and Kosovo. In these former Soviet bloc countries, which were freed from Communism’s grip only 25 years ago, the predominant religion is Islam. Most Muslims, however, are only nominal in their commitment. Most of the minority Christian population is either Catholic or Orthodox. Evangelical Christians and churches are very few in number.
The Albanian Bible Institute (ABI), under the leadership of IMB missionary Lee Bradley, has been a catalyst in the region for evangelical activity and Christian discipleship. Each of the churches involved in these revivals has a connection with ABI. Lee Bradley is coordinating this multi-church effort.
The American pastors involved in this endeavor are:
Mark Partin of Tennessee
Phil Taylor of Tennessee
Allen Atkins of Alabama
Danny Davis, and his wife Sandy, of Virginia
This team will arrive in Albania on April 21. The following day they will scatter and be separated for the remainder of the trip. Over the course of the next eight days, each minister will preach in two to three different churches. Pastors Taylor, Partin, Davis and Atkins will be speaking in Ten Albanian/Kosovo churches.
The purpose of these gatherings is two-fold:
To spark revival in the hearts of the Albanian & Kosovo believers who have grown complacent in their faith in the years since Communism fell.
To provide our American pastors with an opportunity to encourage and build one-on-one relationships with their Eastern European counterparts.
Please pray for this historic opportunity that the Lord has provided:
Pray for God’s continued wisdom & guidance for Lee Bradley & his other leaders.
Pray for God’s anointing on our team of American pastors.
Pray for a spirit of revival to sweep over the churches of Albania and Kosovo.
Pray for the salvation of the spiritually lost multitudes in each of these countries.
Pray for the beginnings of a spiritual awakening that will spread across the land.
According to 2011 census, 58.79% of Albania adheres to Islam, Christianity is practiced by 17.06% of the population, making it the 2nd largest religion in the country and 24.29% of the total population is either irreligious or belongs to other religious groups. The Albanian Orthodox church refused to recognize the 2011 census results regarding faith, saying that 24% of the total population is Albanian Orthodox Christians rather than just 6.75%. Before World War II, 70% of the population were Muslims, 20% Eastern Orthodox, and 10% Roman Catholics. According to a 2010 survey, religion today plays an important role in the lives of only 39% of Albanians, and Albania is ranked among the least religious countries in the world. A 2012 Pew Research Center study found that 65% of Albanian Muslims are non-denominational Muslims.
Thank you for making time and surrounding these Revival meetings in prayer.
In His Grace,