Area: 20,256 sq km
Alpine state adjoining Italy, Hungary, Croatia and Austria.
Population: 2,024,912 Annual Growth: 0.24%
Official language: Slovene, Hungarian, Italian Languages: 10 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Vital Christian resources are in short supply. With the dearth of local fellowships, availability of quality materials in Slovene is vital for both discipleship and evangelism. Pray for:
a) Christian literature. Very few Christian books have been capably translated into this difficult language. Pray for more quality materials to be translated, and for Slovene authors to be raised up.
b) The Slovenian Bible Society, as it works on newer and more accurate modern translations. Pray also for insight on how to engage the general population with the Bible.
c) The new, modern translation of the works of Primoz Trubar, the Slovene Protestant reformer who wrote the first books in Slovene (a language he helped to synthesize). He is highly regarded, although few have read his works. Pray that the Catechism and others of his books may lead many to a right understanding of God.
d) More means of engaging Slovenes with the gospel. EHC has blanketed the nation in the past with Christian literature. There is a definite need for other media, including radio, Christian bookshops, Christian magazines, newspapers and the like. Visions of Christian coffee shops, radio stations and Slovene Christian websites abound; pray for these dreams to become reality.
Slovenia has had a Protestant witness since the Reformation, but there are still very few evangelical churches. Even these few lack teaching and leadership training, although two informal Bible training schools operate with help from outside professors. Pray for the following ministries:
a) Church planting. A number of ministries work in Slovenia. Pray for faithfulness, fruitfulness and sensitivity on their part.
b) Student work. IFES, CCCI and the Nazarenes are pioneering student witness in Ljubljana and elsewhere. Josiah Venture works with middle school and high school students in a variety of denominations and churches. CEF is training more Slovene leadership for its outreach to children through clubs and camps.
c) Radio. Catholic radio is broadly listened to, and some local churches have programmes on local radio, but there is no regular national evangelical presence on radio or TV, except for a 15-minute TWR shortwave broadcast.
For an additional 2 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Slovenia.