Around the world Christian persecution is growing in its scale and intensity with 80 percent of persecuted religious believers being from Christian faith. Oppression may come from government representatives, other religious groups, or even be enshrined in law, and it can even be inflicted on a believer by their close family and friends.
Persecuted Christians always ask us for two things: Prayer and Bibles.
“And don’t forget those who are suffering. Remember them as though you were suffering with them.” Hebrews 13:3
This is part of why Bible League exists – to bring hope and strength to persecuted believers through the Word of God. We equip local Christians through Project Philip Bible studies and Church Planter Training. We also reach out to unbelievers in persecuted regions through our Bible-based Literacy program.
CHURCHES ARE GROWING IN THIS MUSLIM CITY
thanks to the Bibles and biblical resources provided.
Kosovo is home to 1.9 million people, of whom 96 percent are Muslim. There are only 500 evangelical Christians and 30 churches – who desperately need your support.
“As a church, we’re focusing on evangelism and discipleship,” shares Kosovar-Albanian pastor, Filip*. “We need good Christian resources for both. We are thankful to Bible League for providing the ‘Reconciliation with God’ evangelism portion and ‘Reaching Toward the Goal’ discipleship booklet.”
The two-phase approach has had incredibly positive results already. “On Sundays, we have up to 100 people in church,” says Pastor Bajram*. “Our weekly Bible study is visited by 10 to 15 people. We also have a youth group and a women’s group.
“With less than 1 percent of the population being evangelical Christians, the church is in great need of the kind of support you are giving,” Pastor Bajram explains.
“We need more literature in the Albanian language as that feeds the minds of the people and spiritually impacts their lives. Unfortunately, the Muslim community is way ahead of us. For two years they’ve invested in a lot in books to strengthen Islam. The younger generation fall easily for that. We’re praying God’s Word shall enter every Albanian home in Kosovo.”
Nearly all Christian believers in the Kosovo region were formerly Muslim. One of the local converts shares that when he first converted to Christianity, he and his brother faced harassment and punishment at the hands of his own father.
“We were beaten by him,” he shares. “Many times, he said to us, ‘Go away from my home!’ But my brother and I kept on telling him the truth.”
Another believer shares how thankful he is to receive the gift of a Bible: “Thank you for coming here and for giving us Bibles. We cannot say that we know enough about God – we are eager to know more.”
In Kosovo, there is only one Christian bookshop where Bibles are sold. It would take at least one entire month for the average person to save up for a Bible. This is why the gift of a Bible is such an incredible blessing to Christian believers.
“There are Christians who desire to have a Bible but they don’t have money to buy one,” says Pastor Bajram. “Most Christians are still waiting for a Bible. If they wait too long, they might fall into other religions. Please keep on blessing us!”
Can you bless the people in Albania with Bibles? Donate now.
* Names changed for security reasons