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A Source of Hope for Albania

Nestled outside of Tirane, Albania, sits a source of hope and encouragement for 80 percent of Albania—Radio 7.

Radio 7 is reaching the people of Albania with Christian music, teachings, devotions and more. Listeners are able to hear Joyce's program translated into Albanian every day at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Listeners have also been able to call in and request Joyce's books, also translated into Albanian—free of charge. Books like Tell Them I Love Them, The Love Revolution, Battlefield of the Mind and Peace are making an incredible difference in Albania. Christian books aren't generally available—you can't just run to the bookstore and pick up a Christian book—so offering these books is incredibly special to them.

Desperate for God's Word

Albania is less than 1 percent Christian—nearly all of which are first generation Christians. In fact, beginning in 1967, Albania was a government-mandated atheist nation. It's only been since 1991, when communism fell, that people were allowed to be Christian, so the country is hungry for the Word of God and any instruction they can get.

Enkeledja Kumaraku, the general manager of Radio 7, says that although Tirane is a large city, many of the Christians in Albania live in small villages. There are no other opportunities to learn about Christ or the Bible. There are few churches and many are very small. The radio station is their only hope to receive guidance and instruction on how to live as a Christian.

"Many people are coming to Christ through the radio station—young and old," shared Enkeledja.

Airwaves Bring Freedom

Those impacted by the Radio 7's programming are people like Mirela, who called the radio station for help. She was being abused and trafficked by her boyfriend. The radio station staff was able to rescue her and share several of Joyce's Albanian books with her that have helped her begin to find healing from the pain of her past as an orphan and trafficking victim.

Sildina* is a captive in her own home. For 25 years, her husband has allowed her little freedom. Recently he allowed her to start coming to church once a week even though as a Muslim, he disapproves of her being a Christian. That minimal freedom has meant so much to her. In addition to this little freedom she spends time listening to Joyce on Radio 7, watching her on Shijak TV (in addition to radio, the Enjoying Everyday Life program is also available on TV in Albanian) and reading her books. "I used to think of my home as an isolation tower, but now I see it as an office that God has given me to study these teachings."

Encouragement in Person

Joyce shares the love of Christ on Radio 7 and Shijak. They never believed she would ever come to speak to them personally, but that changed on June 17, 2011 in Tirane.

Joyce was surprised to learn that there were only 10,000 adult evangelical Christians in Albania, but she wanted to encourage the 3,800 in attendance. "You know, 10,000 out of 3.5 million may not seem like a lot, but 10,000 Christians full of the power of God can change this nation. You are the hope of this nation!"

Thank You

Thanks to the support of our friends and partners, Albania is growing in the knowledge and love of God. Your support is providing radio programs, TV programs, books and conferences in Albania and many other countries desperate for the Word of God.

You are changing lives in Eastern Europe and all around the world.

*Name has been changed for her safety.

Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.