ETC Director Tom Bremer will be one of the main speakers at the 2019 Conference. Tom Bremer joined the ministry of Europe Teen Challenge in 1983. He served as coordinator of ministries in Eastern Europe and assisted with the development of Teen Challenge programs there. He has been serving as the ETC Director since 1999.
Pastor JoÃ£o Martins will be one of the main speakers at the 2019 Conference. JoÃ£o Martins is the Vice Chairman of ETC and former Director of Teen Challenge Portugal. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor of a large church in Lisbon, Portugal.
The work of Teen Challenge in Albania is in it's early stages. The need for Teen Challenge in Albania - Southeastern Europe - is great. According to official numbers around 60,000 people deal with addiction in Albania. But the chances are the number of people struggling with addiction and substance abuse is much larger.
Statistics* about Albania:
Ethnic groups: Albanian 82.6%, Greek 0.9%, other 1%, unspecified 15.5%.
Languages: Albanian 98.8%, Greek 0.5%, other 0.6%, unspecified 0.1%.
Religions: Muslim 56.7%, Roman Catholic 10%, Orthodox 6.8%, atheist 2.5%, Bektashi 2.1%, other 5.7%, unspecified 16.2%.
note: all mosques and churches were closed in 1967 and religious observances prohibited; in November 1990, Albania began allowing private religious practice.
Age structure: 0-14 years: 18.78%, 15-24 years: 18.67%, 25-54 years: 40.39%, 55-64 years: 10.85%, 65 years and over: 11.3%.