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Serbia

Republic of Serbia

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Geography

Area: 88,147 sq km

Landlocked Balkan state. Serbia has two autonomous provinces, Vojvodina in the north and Kosovo in the south.

Population: 7,771,633    Annual Growth: -0.22%

Capital: Belgrade

Urbanites: 52.4%

HDI Rank: 67 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 33 (18% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Serbian    Languages: 21 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians6,246,06180.37-0.3
Evangelicals45,5800.61.8

Challenges for Prayer

Evangelical believers in Serbia face many difficulties. For new religious groups – such as most evangelicals – the new religion law makes operating very difficult. Non-Serbian Orthodox buildings are increasingly attacked. Evangelicals are often viewed as a sect, even as traitors, by any mono-religious ethnicity. Despite this, newer churches are growing and engaging in many forms of ministry. Crucial issues for prayer include:

a) Leadership training is limited, and poverty hinders the flow of people into ministry. There are now two Bible schools, the Belgrade Bible School (Brethren and Baptist) and the newer Novi Sad Theological College. Also, Project Timothy serves all evangelical churches in leadership and church development.

b) Cooperation in outreach and church planting. Unity is essential amid the divisions in Serbia, especially given the relatively small number of evangelicals.

     For an additional 8 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Serbia.