Claus & Marie Hofmann
We are the Hofmanns, Claus, Marie, Kai and Silas and since 2012 we have lived and served in Pogradec, Albania. From the beginning we have called our ministry “Shqipshapers” (Shqip is the Albanian word for the Albanian language and culture) and it is our passion to help shape the future of Albania by investing in the next generation of Albanian leaders.We want to see Albanians raised up and sent out as change agents into whatever aspect of society God calls them, be it primarily spiritual, educational, social, or economic.
We work in partnership with CFN Albania, which operates a Bible school, several local congregations, a retreat and conference center, as well as serving the local community through humanitarian projects. Our work includes teaching and discipleship, coming alongside Albanians to help them grow in and integrate their faith into everyday life. Claus serves as a full-time member of the CFN Albania team and is responsible for the CFN Academy which is a three-year Bible school program with monthly weekend classes, along with helping in many other spiritual and practical aspects of the ministry.
Both Claus and Marie teach Academy classes as well as in smaller discipleship-oriented settings. Marie is passionate about leadership and cross-cultural ministry and is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership through Bethel University to become even more effective in integrating Biblical leadership models into Albanian cultural contexts. Claus also serves as part of the leadership of Open Doors Church and both of us are members of the church’s preaching team and prayer team. We are involved in weekly ministry in Piskupat, a local village where our work includes children’s ministry, a weekly worship service as well as regular house visits and discipleship of local believers.
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Albania: From the Apostle Paul to Authoritarianism to Democracy, Jesus is still on the throne!
A nation once evangelized by Paul and Titus (Romans 15:19 – Illyricum was the ancient name for Albania, and 2 Tim 4:10 – Southern Dalmatia included what is today northern Albania) and known for its national hero Skanderbeg, who protected the rest of Europe from advancing Muslim armies and helped Albanians form a national identity in the 15th century, only finally won its independence (from the Ottoman empire) before World War I. After World War II it suffered under the communist dictatorship of Enver Hoxha, who went so far as to declare Albania an atheist state and outlawed religious expression and practice of any kind. Since the advent of democracy in 1991, Albania has struggled to emerge from the vestiges of its authoritarian past and, though there is religious freedom and missionary activity has been ongoing, evangelical believers remain a tiny minority. making up less than 1% of the population, with even fewer being active in a local congregation.
Though democracy brought hope of a better future, rampant corruption has left most with little hope of building a future in their home nation, which remains among the poorest in Europe, and over half of the adult population is actively looking for opportunities to emigrate, with hundreds of thousands already spread all over Europe and beyond in search of economic prosperity (the “Albanian diaspora”).
And yet God has a unique call on this nation as a gateway into the Balkan and the greater Muslim world. Albania has a history of religious tolerance, a shining contrast to surrounding nations (former Yugoslavia), which have long been marked by ethnic strife along religious lines. Around 60% of Albanians are culturally Muslim, with less than 20% either Roman Catholic (in the north) or Greek Orthodox (in the south). Many Albanians are incredibly adept at language learning, and Albanian society is culturally similar to the collectivist cultures of the Middle East, making them ideal candidates for bringing the gospel into these regions. We believe that, given the right training and discipleship, Albanian believers can become a force in God’s hands to impact and transform this region and the world beyond.
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It is no secret that from the very beginning of the church Christians have taken an active role in being missionaries and sending missionaries. Yet not all are called to be missionaries. (We are all called to make disciples)
Being a missionary is a calling, but have you ever considered that sending missionaries is also a calling? So what is your calling? Are you the missionary or a missionary sender?
All Kontaktmission staff live on support, meaning we believe that God will provide for his mission, through his church.
Please consider joining our sending team by partnering with us in prayer and partnering with us financially.
1. Our church and church plants to grow physically and spiritually. We need more mature believers, especially men who are willing to invest into the lives of others.
2 Our support base to grow.
3. God to guide us in our relationships with the Albanian people.
4. Discipleship and teaching opportunities to increase here in Albania and other nations.