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The UMC in Albania

In 1889 an active mission work began in Albania. Besides preaching the Gospel and practical everyday help, the focal point and primary work was that of providing basic education for the population. Then, Methodist work was inactive for several decades until 1992, when Christians from Germany began to be involved by bringing help to Albania. In the following years the work was extended: educational, medical, agricultural and forestry projects were established, and in 1998, the UMC in Albania could be established when the first men and women were admitted as professing members.

Since then the situation has changed. Many people have left the mountain villages and have, together with their families, moved to urban areas in order to find a job or better life conditions. The UMC has spread with the people into other parts of the country. Four promising and growing churches have been established in Tirana (2008), Pogradec (2008), Elbasan (2014), and Durrës (2017).

The UMC continues to work for the people in Albania and the development of a free and democratic society. At various places, income-generating projects have been initiated (fruit tree cultivation, sewing project for women). Other projects focus on people with disabilities and their integration in society. There is a strong commitment of lay people as the churches try to combine sharing the Gospel and addressing the challenges of today’s society both appropriately and effectively. Leadership development, spiritual growth, and discovering the social aspect of faith are some of the priorities of the current work in Albania.

Statistical Information

Population: 2.8 millions
Area: 28,748 km2
Capital: Tirana
UM congregations: 4
Professing members: 166
Active Clergy: 1

(March 2017)

A closed door turns out to be a blessing

Where doors are shut, whether foreseeably or abruptly, unrealized plans and disappointment often result. However, sometimes it may be just those closed doors that widen horizons and turn out to be a blessing in a very special way. 

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Caring is about more than having an open door

When Christians from Germany began to bring relief supplies to the Albanian village of Bishnica in 1992, Gjergj Lushka was just four years old. It was not only material things which went on this difficult journey – the relief workers also planted seeds of faith in the hearts of many human beings, as they did in Gjergj’s heart. 
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A Joyful Weekend

The weekend of July 1-2, 2017, was, in two respects, reason to joy for The United Methodist Church in Albania:
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First Albanian Local Pastor

The Annual Conference Serbia-Macedonia met from April 7 to 10, 2016, in Padina (Serbia).
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A closed door turns out to be a blessing

Where doors are shut, whether foreseeably or abruptly, unrealized plans and disappointment often result. However, sometimes it may be just those closed doors that widen horizons and turn out to be a blessing in a very special way. 

read more...

Caring is about more than having an open door

When Christians from Germany began to bring relief supplies to the Albanian village of Bishnica in 1992, Gjergj Lushka was just four years old. It was not only material things which went on this difficult journey – the relief workers also planted seeds of faith in the hearts of many human beings, as they did in Gjergj’s heart. 
read more...

A Joyful Weekend

The weekend of July 1-2, 2017, was, in two respects, reason to joy for The United Methodist Church in Albania:
read more...

First Albanian Local Pastor

The Annual Conference Serbia-Macedonia met from April 7 to 10, 2016, in Padina (Serbia).
read more...