About Serbia

Serbia is a small, landlocked country located in central eastern Europe in the Balkans.   This small country is only about the size of South Carolina and yet it is home to around 7.27 million souls, or, close to the population of Virginia or New York City.

Serbia is a country rich with history but filled with conflict. During the 1900′s it was a part of what was known as Yugoslavia.  For 50-60 years they were under communism; although they were not a part of the Soviet Union they were heavily allied with them.  Yugoslavia consisted of the present-day countries of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia.  They split up at approximately the same time as the Soviet Union in the early 90′s.  They splintered mainly along cultural and religious lines and that period was very violent at times as Serbia warred with Croatia and Bosnia in the early 90′s and then over Kosovo in ’99.  There is sadly still much division today between these once-unified countries even though they still share so much cultural heritage.

There are many famous Serbs.  Nikola Tesla, a rival inventor of Thomas Edison, was Serbian.  Gavrilo Princip, who began WW1 in Bosnia with his assassination of the Archduke of Austria-Hungary, was a Serbian national.  Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois embroiled in political controversy in ’09, is a Serbian.  There are also several Serbian sports celebrities like Novak Djokovic, the #2 men’s tennis champion in the world, Vlade Divac of the L.A. Lakers, and “Pistol Pete” Maravich.  A well-known Serbian product was the Yugo, a small two-door car of which the production was halted as of 2008 (but they are everywhere here! and very cheap).  Serbia is also the world’s largest producer of raspberries; over 1/3 of all the world’s raspberries come from here.

Serbia is a spiritually barren nation, having a form of Christianity but not the real thing as we can see from the Bible.  85% of Serbians claim to be Serbian Orthodox, a religion consisting of tradition mixed with a works-based salvation.  Though they are a kind, hospitable people, their efforts to earn salvation will not get them into Heaven.  Even though the Orthodox Church broke off from the Catholic Church 1000 years ago, it has retained much of the same false doctrine.  The Serbians need to hear about the completed work of Christ on the Cross of Calvary and the message of salvation by grace through faith and repentance “not of works,” but “how shall they hear without a preacher?”

Around 1.1% of Serbs claim to be Protestant.  This is inclusive of all the Protestant and Baptist denominations in Serbia in its total, such as, Pentecostals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Non-denominationals, and the Baptist Union.  So, it is unlikely then that even half of this 1.1% are even truly born-again Christians.  Only 7% of Serbs attend church anywhere of any denomination or religion.  The Gospel here truly is almost unknown!  The picture below shows a turnstyle with local death notices, a common thing all across Serbia.  As the picture indicates, they are surrounded by death but they do not know what to do about it.

It had been a shock to me in Bible college to find that Serbians, in the heart of Europe, are a part of the 100 Most Unreached People Groups in the world.  It was even more surprising to find that on that list that they are the only ones located in Europe.  Serbia seems to be overlooked in missions!  Serbians, like everyone, have a void in their lives that only Jesus can fill and, like everyone, deserve to be reached with the Gospel.  It may not be easy to reach them but it is necessary!  Currently, there are no Independent fundamental Baptist churches here yet and we are the only independent Baptist missionaries here.  Truly, Serbians are passing into eternity without receiving a Gospel witness.  Around 102, 277 Serbs die per year, 280 per day and 11.6 per hour!  We cannot reach them all in time!  Serbia needs the Gospel.  Will you help us reach them before it’s too late?

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