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Serbia
St Petka Chapel in Belgrade, Serbia - by Magelan Travel
Goč, Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia - Filip Zrnzević
Total area: 88,361 km2
Population: 7,058,322 (2016)
Literacy: 93%
Official languages: Serbian
GDP (PPP) per capita: $15,321 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 75 years
Religions: 87% Eastern Orthodox, 7% Catholic, 4% Muslim, 2% Protestant
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Serbia

European Christian Mission
April 2019
Making Jesus Christ known in Serbia

Serbia is a country where the people are genuinely hospitable, passionately care for others, and love to socialise. Despite the unique and loving qualities of its people, Serbia suffers great challenges of economic depression, low economic standards, and divisions. The figure of Jesus Christ is not familiar to the Serbian people. Please pray for Serbian evangelicals to be courageous and bold, that they take an initiative to share the gospel with friends and colleagues; that they are authentic Christians who act as they think and believe. Pray for revival in this new generation to bring hope to the nation.

Transform Europe Network
September 2018
Peace in Balkan negotiations

Serbia is a landlocked Balkan state with two autonomous provinces, Vojvodina in the north and Kosovo in the south. Kosovo declared independence in February 2008 but is only partially recognised as a state. The future of Kosovo and its independence is a contentious issue for Serbia. Pray for peaceful negotiations over this matter. Pray for the Christian compassion ministries to the many war refugees who were uprooted in the Balkans war. Few have returned to their original homes. Pray that they will experience God’s love and find a new sense of home and family. 

 

Transform Europe Network
September 2017
Holistic Healing

With a population of more than 7.7 million Serbia has been poorly served economically from 45 years of communism. Evangelical believers face many difficulties. Yet, many churches are effectively taking a very holistic approach in reaching the country's more marginalised people. Mihajlo, one man who encountered The Rainbow Rehabilitation Centre for heroine addicts and a hospice serving people dying of cancer, says “I have been a thief, a liar, and a drug addict, Jesus pulled me out of that by his mighty hand.” Pray for those accessing this ministry for deep healing and for them to know they are children of God.

European Christian Mission
November 2010
Ethnic hatred

Although dictator President Milosevic was finally ousted in 2000, Serbia is still struggling with bitter ethnic hatred - partly a legacy of the ‘ethnic cleansing’ that took place during the succession of wars in the 1990s. Evangelical believers among Serbs number only a few thousand, and these have to contend with a revitalised Orthodox Church which threatens to restrict freedoms of non-Orthodox groups. Yet it is possible that the tiny evangelical community may prove a catalyst for good. Across the whole of the former Yugoslavia, evangelicals are almost the only body which has been able to retain multi-cultural fellowships. Pray for Serbia’s tiny evangelical church as it bears witness to reconciliation in Christ.

Organisations with connections in Serbia

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Total area: 88,361 km2
Population: 7,058,322 (2016)
Literacy: 93%
Official languages: Serbian
GDP (PPP) per capita: $15,321 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 75 years
Religions: 87% Eastern Orthodox, 7% Catholic, 4% Muslim, 2% Protestant