Albanian, Gheg of North America


People Group Info

Total Population: 80,765

ROP3 Code: 103338
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Albanian
Language: Gheg Albanian - (aln)
Religion: Islam - Sunni
Country of Origin: Kosovo

Status of Christianity


Engaged yet Unreached

GSEC Level: 1

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Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 10,201

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 6,000

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 5,934

  Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI - 4,700

  Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA - 2,300

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Brief Profile

Gheg people are Gheg-speaking population people from northern Albania, now known as Kosovo. The Gheg language is one of two main dialects, the other being Tosk, spoken in Albania. Although mutually intelligible with one another, social-cultural norms derived from a long history of how the Gheg and Tosk view one another reinforce the Gheg's own distinct social identity.

Gheg are often known to be stern and courageous and the Tosk being more friendly and talkative. At the end of 19th and beginning of 20th century many Albanians migrated to North America.

Most Albanian Ghegs are nominal Muslims, following only Islam because of their past family and ethnic heritage. Many have begun to marry outside their people group.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that the Gheg Albanian will find the Lord Jesus Christ as they make their way in North America.
  • Pray Christians will open their hearts and their doors to these people who have been through so much — but who are so loved by God.
  • Pray for secular Ghegs to come in contact with evangelical Christians who will clearly share their faith in Christ through their lifestyle and a vocal message.

Resources

Global Recordings Network
Online Talking Bible - Albanian, Gheg
Religions - Islam Belief Bulletin (pdf)
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesAbileneAbileneTX300
United StatesCedar ParkAustin-Round RockTX250
United StatesDallasDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX6,000
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX800
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA2,200
United StatesRevereBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA2,300
United StatesSouth MilwaukeeMilwaukee-Waukesha-West AllisWI605
United StatesStaten IslandNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY10,201
United StatesSterling HeightsDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI4,700
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON5,934
United StatesWood DaleChicago-Naperville-ElginIL1,300