Slovenia, which borders on Italy, has a long history starting in 5th century BC. The Roman Empire ruled for almost 1000 years, then under Habsburg rule for hundreds of years, and finally as part of Yugoslavia until the recent breakdown of Communism, in which the country has now been independent since 1991. There is a strong Christian heritage that goes alone with much of that history, but today, its churches suffer from spiritual apathy. Christian resources are in short supply, underfunded, and the Christians remain divided. Pray for unity and resources to help staff the churches and revitalize their Christian heritage.
Slovakia is surrounded by Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria and Czech Republic. They have gained significant growth and improvements since post-Communism. Slovakia has a strong Christian heritage, but most churches are suffering from low attendance, like many other places in the world. The Romani, or gypsies, are some of the least-reached and misunderstood people in Slovakia. They have low education and high poverty, yet they are the most responsive people to the gospel in all of Central and Eastern Europe. There have been persistent efforts to reach them, and to overcome the stereotypes and barriers, and it has been encouraging. Jesus came for people just like them – the poor, the marginalized, and all of those in need. Pray that they will […]
Serbia is a landlocked Balkan state. It has two autonomous provinces, Kosovo in the south and Vojvodina in the north. It has a long history. Since its defeat to the Turks in 1389, Serbia has rarely been in an independent nation. It was ruled by the Ottomons and then Austria-Hungry, its ethnic nationalism helped trigger WWI and provoke genocidal civil war during WWII, then 45 years of communism, and the Balkan wars of the 1990’s. There has been religious and ethnic hatred on all sides. Pray that there will be unity among the churches – the ancient Serbian Orthodox Church and the protestants and evangelicals, that they may reach out in love and forgiveness to the people of Serbia to […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.