Montenegro is a small country with a new optimism since becoming independent. However, although tourism is bringing economic development, a corrupt government and unscrupulous elements threaten this burgeoning nation. Pray that God would rid Montenegro of corruption and drug dealing and strengthen the economy. Pray for peaceful co-existence between ethnic/religious communities. In a country with only a handful of evangelical churches, pray for God to soften the ground for the gospel and that the people will seek the truth in the midst of their new-found nationhood. Pray for Christians to have a stronger voice in Montenegrin society through the new Protestant Evangelical Alliance of Montenegro that the five registered churches are in the process of establishing.
Montenegro borders with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia. It is a beautiful country with a large mass of mountains and a very small, but beautiful coastline. There are only four registered evangelical churches in Montenegro with probably no more than 200 believers. However, new churches are being planted and there are many opportunities for evangelism. Please pray for the outreach teams that visit Montenegro every summer and that there may be fruit. Pray for the steadfast witness of faithful pastors and evangelists who in the face of opposition, seek after unity among denominations and for fruitful ministry. Pray that God would raise up Montenegrin church leaders and evangelists.
The youngest children that attend the Roma Writing School in Bar, Montenegro, are about three years old, the oldest around 13 - it’s hard to be sure, since the Roma people don’t celebrate birthdays. While they let the younger ones have fun colouring pictures, the OM workers practice reading and writing with the older ones. They also try to encourage them to attend the local school regularly, but unfortunately the parents are rarely supportive, since they need their children to help support the family financially by begging. Pray for this ministry seeking to support children unwelcomed by society. Pray too that their parents will realise how important education is for their children, so they can break the cycle of poverty and deprivation.
Population: 678 931 (2017)
Official languages: Montenegrin
GDP (PPP) per capita: $16,654 (2016 est.)
Life expectancy: 75 years
Religions: 74% Eastern Orthodox, 18% Muslim, 4% Catholic, 4% other religions