The Albanian Health Fund will continue to provide an on-going physical presence in Albania, as a volunteer organization,
to share God’s love and make known the medical and spiritual needs of the Albanian people.
- Provide an environment to equip Albanian medical students to improve their skills in their specialty through updated medical literature and annual conferences.
- Mentor/teach Albanian physicians and medical students in the key elements of their specialty while sharing the love of Christ to create a compassionate and caring environment within medical facilities and practices.
- Continue to provide medical supplies and equipment.
- Assist to facilitate a medical student conference with Albanian medical students.
We believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
The early Christian church flourished in Illyricum, which was the ancient name for present-day Albania. However, over the centuries, this ancient country has been conquered and dominated in turn by the Roman Empire and the Ottoman Turks through to Stalinist Communism.
In 1967, the dictator Enver Hoxha constitutionally declared God to be dead and sealed the nation off from contact with the outside world, creating the most ruthlessly oppressive of all the former communist regimes of eastern Europe. Albania moved from a land that received the Good News of Christ from the apostle Paul to a nation that has few people who have any idea who Jesus is!
Situated on the eastern Adriatic coast, Albania, with a population of about 3 million, is the poorest country in Europe and considered a third-world nation. The Albanian Government in 1990 approached Robert McFarlane, then head of a Canadian Christian health relief organization, for assistance. Their prompt gift of over $2 million worth of life-saving medical supplies was the first humanitarian donation ever accepted by Albania from a western country. Mr. McFarlane’s enthusiasm for the project, and his contacts in Albania, facilitated Dr. Bill Johnson being able to gather the medical skills necessary to make an immediate short-term impact. Democratic elections further opened the door for Christian missionaries in 1992 to freely proclaim the Gospel of Jesus for the first time in five decades.