About YWAM ALBANIA
WHO WE ARE
“To Know God and to Make Him Known”
To restore, equip, train, and release the indigenous people of Albania to grasp their God-given destinies
YWAM Albania seeks to be a reflection of God’s heart, joining in God’s transforming work in Albania and the world
Our heart is to see new generations of Albanian leaders and missionaries be raised up, equipped, and mobilized
We seek to model a Christ-centered family by restoring the identity and the purpose of the family
Through believing in and encouraging children, we strive to release the treasures inside them, and transform the future of the nations
We want to nurture the spirit of worship and creativity in the indigenous Albanian people through a lifestyle of dwelling in God
Building relationships and partnering with churches and organizations, both locally and internationally, is a continuous intentional initiative that we take
Reflecting Jesus’ heart by giving a voice to the voiceless, recognizing the needs of the poor, bringing Christ’s resolution in their lives for eternal transformation, and building God’s kingdom through church planting
Through joining God in His creative work, we love to pioneer new ministries and initiatives by exercising full dependency and release people into their God-given calling
YWAM Albania started in 1991 as a result of Christians around the world praying over this small communist and atheistic nation in Southern Europe. When the borders opened up, there was an immediate response to the Gospel and a wave of revival began resulting in thousands of people being saved daily.
Some of the first YWAMers brought the Gospel to Albania way back in 1973 when Reona Peterson, Joly and Evey Muggleton Heckman traveled into Albania to distribute Bibles. Many of the YWAMers were involved in evangelism, discipling new believers and starting churches across the country. You can read their amazing story of God’s love for the Albania people and His faithfulness to His servants in the book “Tomorrow You Die”.
1990’s – Hundreds of YWAMers and short-term teams from different countries, as well as long-term YWAM missionaries, came to serve in Albania.
1993 – The first DTS! Many DTS students went on to become today’s pastors and church leaders.
1991-Now – YWAM Albania hosts hundreds of teams, runs a dozen DTS’s and many other training courses, has planted 12 churches and partners with many others that continue to grow to this day.
YWAM Albania is located in three cities: Tirana, Durres and Elbasan.
Presently we have several ministry focuses: Family Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Worship Ministry, Church Planting in Tirana and Elbasan, Discipleship Training School, Mercy Ministry and Youth Ministry. YWAM Albania partners closely with many churches and Christian organizations.