God's secret listener
How God overcame atheism
GOD’S SECRET LISTENER
By John Butterworth
Monarch Books. 222 pages £7.99
In 1967 its Communist leader, Enver Hoxha, declared Albania the world’s first atheist country. To have any kind of faith in God was illegal.
Later on in the Cold War years, Trans World Radio (TWR) began broadcasting a short gospel programme into the country. Though it was highly dangerous for him to do it, Berti Dosti, the commander of an Albanian Army camp, charged with the job of monitoring the military signals of the Western powers, began secretly listening to the good news of Jesus via TWR.
This book tells Berti’s story and, in doing so, informs the reader of the wonderful tale of God’s raising up his church in Albania over the last 20 years. Through the fall of Communism, the chaos and collapse of government in 1997 and the effects of the war in Kosovo many people have come to Christ and are now living out their faith as a shining witness to God’s love. Combining integrity with social compassion, Berti and his colleagues have reached thousands. There is now a church in every major community.
This book is a marvellous, faith-building read; recommended especially if you need a spiritual boost.