Christian Radio in Albania

Pastor Cimi Baraku and his wife established a church called Emmanuel Mission Church in Korce, Albania, of which he was the pastor. Korce is one of the larger cities in Albania and has a population of nearly 80,000 people.

In the late 1990s, Emmanuel Mission Church started a Christian radio station named, Radio Emmanuel. In 2003, while raising funds in America for the radio station, Pastor Cimi suffered a fatal heart attack.  His son, Tani, took over managing the radio station; although young, Tani had many Christian radio professionals from around the word come alongside him to mentor him and help him lead the radio station.

 Pastor Cimi contacted Galcom International for help with their new station. After he passed away, Tani and his mother contacted Galcom again, and a team was sent over to help with the tower assembly for Radio Emmanuel, as the station was having trouble. The problem was that their tower was set on top of an apartment building and was being interfered with by radiation. A team from Galcom travelled to Albania in order to raise the tower so the broadcast area would be larger.

Since then, teams have travelled to Albania from Galcom to distribute radios.

Near the beginning of 2016, Tani was able to purchase a new building to house the radio station; however, the building sure needed a lot of work! Again, a team from Galcom went over to Albania to assist with cleaning up the new building and handing out radios. There will be more teams heading to Albania in 2017 to design and complete the studios and distribute more radios to people living in remote villages.