Area: 49,035 sq km
Landlocked central European state, ranging from fertile Danube shores to the Tatra Mountains.
Population: 5,411,640 Annual Growth: 0.10%
Official language: Slovak Languages: 13 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Slovakia is a nation in the midst of significant change. Economic reforms and EU membership both created as well as solved problems. Increasing wealth (for some) is accompanied by the new influences of materialism and moral relativism. Depression and suicide rates are among the highest in Europe; pray that many might seek for hope and truth, and find these in Christ.
a) Youth work remains an exciting area with diverse activities and ministries. SIET is a network of national youth organizations with an excellent record for cooperation among denominations, including Lutherans, and a strong focus on training. Josiah Venture is central to this vital network. Pray that God may raise up a new generation of holy, faith-filled believers through these movements. Pray for IFES and CCCI as they minister to tertiary-level students.
b) Christian resources. Through Porta Libri, Slovak evangelical literature is multiplying (although many more books exist in closely related Czech), and Christian bookstores abound. Pray for more of the right books to be translated or written in Slovak. The Bible and other materials in Slovak are also available on the Internet and in audio format. Pray that many would make use of these available materials.
c) Radio. Radio 7 broadcasts in collaboration with TWR Czech, airing 24 hours daily in the Czech and Slovak languages. Programmes are available via Internet, satellite and medium wave. There is still a real need for materials to be written and broadcast in the Romani languages.
For an additional 7 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 Slovakia.