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Enver Hoxha, Albania’s dictator during the Communist era, proclaimed his country the world first atheist state. But Captain Berti Dosti, one of the elite communications team monitoring Albania’s borders for American incursions, was leaving his country unguarded for 15 minutes a week as he tuned into Trans World Radio’s broadcasts, ultimately becoming a believer. Had he been discovered he would have probably been shot. With churches destroyed and Christian leaders executed or jailed, post–Communist Albania with its Muslim heritage was tough ground for Christian mission. But Pastor Dosti helped to lead the new wave of church planting that has swept the country. Combining total integrity with social compassion, he and his colleagues have reached thousands: there is now a church in every major community.
This book centres around Berti Dosti, who as an Albanian army officer secretly tuned into Christian radio broadcasts was converted and then became a pastor. But it is much more than that as we are introduced to a host of characters who have helped to establish the Gospel in Albania, which had been declared the world's first atheist state in 1967. It is not the whole story of the church in Albania,but it is an exciting part of it. It is a reminder that God can reach into seemingly the most closed countries.
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