Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Source, Jesus Creed)
Message to the participants in the meeting of Georgian Evangelical leaders
Tbilisi, Georgia, 23 May 2004
Danut Manastireanu, World Vision International
1. The story of VUSH. Albania has been declared officially as the first atheistic nation in the world. For thirteen years, before the fall of communism, no official religious activity was allowed. All churches and mosques were closed and their ministers were imprisoned, many of them dying there.
In 1990 Albania became a free country and religion was allowed again to play a role in the life of Albanians. Soon after that, many missionaries came to Albania from Kosovo, a region of former Yugoslavia where a majority of people were Albanians. While they were in Kosovo, the have done what missionaries tend to do sometimes on the mission field – i.e. compete with each other, building their own little kingdoms, rather than contributing together to the Kingdom of God. Moving the Albania, they have learned the lesson and, also under the pressure of the government, have formed a missionary consortium called Albania Encouragement Project (AEP).
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