|Enver Hoxha |
First Secretary of the
Party of Labour of Albania.
In the 20th century, the communist country of Albania was declared to be the first atheist state in the world by dictator Enver Hoxha. Hoxha killed all known Christan leaders and closed all churches.
Voice of the Martyrs still found ways to bring the gospel to the closed country. Despite Hoxha's efforts, we at VOM brought the gospel into Albania though the use of airplanes, boats, and "tourists". In addition, we dropped thousands of gospels sealed in plastic bags into the Adriatic Sea along the Adriatic coast.
We heard nothing at first, but when we were able to enter Albania at the fall of communism, we learned of the fruit of our labors. During the communist stranglehold, an Albanian soldier working on the beach looked up an prayed, "Dear God, if you exist, help me. Show me the way." He looked down to see a gospel book floating in the water at his feet. That soldier became a Christian.
(from Voice of the Martyrs, 2010 Year in Review)
Today many numbers of Albanians all around the world are turning to Christ. Many of them remember the darkest years of communism. Thank God that he has always been at work.