AEM have been working for Albania since 1986. Albania is the size of Belgium and has a population of about 3,300,000. In Europe, it is the one of the poorest countries and has the highest proportion of young people. It is also Europe's only predominantly Moslem country: 70% of the people have a Moslem background. About 10% are Roman Catholic and 20% Orthodox.
Albania was ruled by Communists from 1944 to 1991. In 1967 it claimed to be the world's first atheistic state. All mosques and churches were closed. In June 1991 the Communist government fell and the gospel took root and spread, and continues to do so.