BOSNIA - CROATIA - SERBIA
3 Countries. 12 Days. 29 Events.
March 2 – 13
Recovering from Tumult
This region of Europe, formerly part of the Soviet Union and known as Czechoslovakia, has many different ethnic cultures and customs, but has recently opened it’s door to the Gospel. In the early 1990s, after the collapse of Yugoslavia, seven states were formed (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia). In several of these countries, national politicians generated wars to bolster national statehood and to establish “ethnically pure” territories.
In Bosnia, war carried on for three years as the country fought to become independent. As a result, two million people were displaced, and the nation’s infrastructure and economy were left heavily damaged. Read More
Today, Bosnia is considered one of the more corruption-prone countries in Europe due to the many divisions created by the war. Croatia also experienced war following the collapse of Yugoslavia. After declaring independence, war stretched on for four years under the authoritarian rule of President Franjo Tudjman, which lasted for nearly a decade. Today, Croatia is a member of the EU. Serbia, once the cultural and political center of Yugoslavia, now faces high unemployment and low household incomes. It is in the process of joining the EU.
During the Bosnian war, the Serb Army killed over 200,000 Muslims in hope of gaining complete complete control of Bosnia. Over two million Bosnian Muslims became refugees. Today, Islam remains the largest religion in Bosnia, followed by Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism. In contrast, Croatia is mostly Roman Catholic with only small minorities of protestants and Muslims. Serbia, which does not recognize any national religion, is 85% Serbian Orthodox and only 1% protestant.
Sources: BBC Country Profiles, The World Factbook
- Pray for strength and wisdom for the local main coordinator, Daniel.
- Pray for unity and oneness in the Spirit as our team works with numerous local coordinators and pastors all across these three countries with very different cultures and customs
- Pray for strength and stamina as the team travels great distances with a strenuous schedule.
- Pray for Brett, who will go on to Malta to plan with the eager locals to prepare for outreaches in September 2017. This trip to Malta is gathering great momentum and excitement with the locals, who are already greatly invested to reach out in this strategic location largely populated by university students.
- March 2: Team Arrives in Belgrade – Couples Dinner in Belgrade (Brett Butcher)
- March 3: Refugee breakfast (Butcher) – Backa Palanka Dinner (Saunders) – Sombor Dinner (Butcher)
- March 4: BAC breakfast (Saunders) – Refugee Lunch (Richard Hamlet) – Backa Palanka General Evangelistic Event (Saunders)
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Please join us in praying for God to move through the Holy Spirit to bring in a GREAT HARVEST in this region of Europe that is still recovering from war, corruption, and economic decline.