The Medical Ambassadors Foundation (MAF) in Albania has been church planting, evangelising, and carrying out children’s ministry for over 20 years in poor, marginalised and needy villages and communities based around the Southern Albanian city of Korcé. In these predominantly Muslim villages, poverty, high unemployment levels and a lack of access to basic facilities mean that many have lost hope.
- Church planting & establishing
- Child Sponsorship (providing support to the neediest families)
- Community development work
- Bible study
- Regular youth activities
- Children’s activities
- Couples sessions
- Training for leaders
- Men’s groups
- Women’s groups
Medical Ambassadors Foundation’s 2021 impact
New church/house group
New leaders trained
Children attended Bible camps
Food/relief parcels distributed
Albania suffered under one of the most brutal Communist regimes in Europe, with the government supressing and even outlawing all religious beliefs and acts in 1967. Following the fall of communism in 1991, religious activities have been re-established, allowing people to practise their faith, though the country and its society remains very secular in nature. Although many individuals do not practice their faith, around 60% of the population identify as Muslim, with around 17% identifying as Christian and just 0.14% of the population identifying as Evangelical.
Partly because of the impact of this oppressive regime, Albania’s GDP is lower than all other EU countries, being around 30% of the EU average. Unemployment is high, and even when in work, average wages are only $400 per month. Many Albanians work abroad, and those who remain, rely on small family enterprises and subsistence farming for income. Education, health care and social care in the country, is under-developed, leading to high social problems across communities, particularly in rural areas.