The tiny Balkan country of Montenegro declared independence from Serbia in 2006. The Orthodox Church is split on national lines and the Muslim minority remembers atrocities committed against them during the 1990s. Many parts of the country are unreached, pray for a new gospel work in this land.
Montenegro boasts Europe’s fastest growing tourist industry … But despite its breathtaking beauty, the nation’s history has been darkened with occupation by the Ottoman Empire, the suppression of Bosniak Muslims, Communist regime rule, and militaristic authoritarian rule. Part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992, Montenegro joined Serbia as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia before claiming full independence in 2006.
Its recent independence has brought a renewed sense of hope and optimism, giving this small nation a greater sense of potential … (but) deep divisions remain between the Serbian and Montenegrin Orthodox Churches, and the Christian population remains predominantly nominal. Additionally, Bosniak Muslims residing in the nation harbour bitterness towards Christians for the way they historically treated the Muslim population. Despite these difficult hurdles, evangelical numbers have grown. Between 2000 and 2005 evangelicals increased five-fold, though still only claiming .03% of the population. Portions of the country remain largely unevangelized.
PRAYER POINTS (Prayercast)
• Pray for those who practice cultural Christianity to focus on pleasing God rather than men.
• Pray for genuine forgiveness between ethnic groups that have been at war for decades.
• Pray for sensitive and effective outreach to Muslim Bosniaks hostile to Christianity.