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Pray for Serbia

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Serbia is a landlocked country in southeastern Europe.
It is bordered by Hungary in the north; Romania and Bulgaria in the east,
Macedonia in the south, and Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro in the west.

The population is over 7 million.
Belgrade is the capital and largest city

FACTS
Serbia is located at the crossroads of Central and Southeastern Europe.

Belgrade, is one of Europe's oldest cities, and one of the largest in East central Europe.

The name 'Serbs' means "Watch over or “Protect."

The name "Serbia" meaning "Land of the Serbs".

Seventeen Roman Emperors were born in the Serbian area, including Constantine the Great.

DEMOGRAPHICS
83.3%   Serb
3.5%     Hungarian
2.0%     Bosniak
2.0%     Roma(Gypsy)
0.8%     Slovak
8.3%     Others

85%      Orthodox
5.5%     Catholic
3.2%     Muslim
2.5      Undeclared
2.2%     Other
1.1%     Protestant
0.5%     Agnostic/Atheist

HISTORY
Around 1000 B.C. Serbia was inhabited by the Thracians, Dacians, Illyrians.

Ancient Greeks settled in  southern Serbia in the 4th century B.C.

The Celtic Scordisci tribes settled in the area during the 3rd century B.C.

The Romans conquered parts of in 167 B.C. making it part of the province of Illyricum.
The rest of Serbia was conquered in 75 B.C, becoming the province of Moesia Superior.

When the Roman Empire was divided in 395 A.D., the region came under the control
of the Byzantine Empire.

During the Middle Ages the Serbs established several states.

The Serbian Kingdom was recognized by Rome and Constantinople in 1217.

The Serbian Empire was established in 1346.

By the mid-16th century Serbia was annexed by the Ottoman Empire.
Ottoman rule was at times interrupted by the Austria-Hungarian Empire.

After a series of uprisings and revolutions Serbia gained independence in 1835.

During the Balkan Wars (1912-1913) Serbia enlarged its territory but suffered high casualties.

In 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in Sarajevo.
This led to a series of chain reactions that led to the outbreak of World War I.

During WWI Serbia lost 57% of its male population (1,000,000).

After WWI, Serbia became part of Yugoslavia.

During WWII Yugoslavia was invaded by the Axis.
250,000 Serbs were killed during this time.

After WWII Yugoslavia came under Communist rule.
Between 70,000–80,000 people were killed in Serbia during the Communist takeover.

In 1991 Yugoslavia broke up as a result of political upheavals and conflicts.

The Yugoslav Wars (1991-1999) erupted between former republics that wanted
sovereignty and Serbia which opposed it.

The most severe conflicts took place in Croatia and Bosnia.

The wars were characterized by bitter ethnic conflicts, mostly between Serbs
on one side and Croats and Bosnians on the other.

The wars have been described as Europe's deadliest conflict since World War II.
The wars became infamous for the war crimes involved, including rapes, mass murder
and genocide.

In 2008 the province of Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.
Serbia condemned the declaration and continues to deny any statehood to Kosovo.

CONDITIONS
Serbia’s economy is mostly based on services, manufacturing and agriculture.

Serbia has very favorable natural conditions for agricultural production.

The food industry is well known both regionally and internationally
and is one of the strong points of the economy

The energy sector is one of the largest and most important sectors to the country.
Serbia is net exporter of electricity and importer of oil and gas.

The Automotive industry is important and the manufacture of smartphones

Serbia's mining industry is comparatively strong.
Serbia is the 18th largest producer of coal in the world and the 7th in the Europe.
It also mines copper and gold.

Industry is  was hardest hit by the UN sanctions and trade embargo and NATO bombing during the 1990s
and transition to market economy during the 2000s

Serbia has a strategic transportation location.
It is the easiest route of land travel from continental Europe to Asia Minor
and the Near East.

The recent global economic crisis and the effects of war have led to high unemployment.

The wars resulted in a fragile government, and poor relations with neighboring countries.

There are still problems with treatment of minority groups (including in Kosovo).

There is etrenched ethnocentrism between both political and religious structures.

SPIRITUAL CONDITIONS
Religious communities are deeply divided along ethnic lines.
Most Bosniaks are Muslim.
Most Serbs are Orthodox.
Most Croats are Catholic.

For most Serbians, ethnicity and religion go hand-in-hand.
Many see faith as cultural and part of their ethnic identity
This has led to rampant nominalism

Strong links between ethnicity and religion have exacerbated tensions in the Balkans
for centuries.

The few evangelical communities are the only groups that have retained multi-cultural fellowships.

The country is predominantly Orthodox.
Although there is freedom of religion, the Orthodox church gets preferential treatment.

The Serbian Orthodox Church is very influential over national life.
Over time many of its congregations have become harsh and self serving.

Other Orthodox churches that serve ethnic minorities have been suppressed.

PRAYER NEEDS
Pray that the economy improve

Pray that the government stabilizes.

Pray that relations with other countries improves.

Pray for those suffering from physical/emotional/spiritual scars from the war.

Pray that war criminals be brought to justice.

Pray for those who suffered.

Pray for those who lost loved ones.

Pray that minority groups be treated with equality and justice

Pray that people learn that pride in ones ethnic heritage does not mean
looking down on others.

Pray that there be reconciliation and cooperation between different groups

Pray that their be greater religious freedom.

Pray for new life within the Serbian Orthodox church.
Pray that it turn its back on totalitarian ways.

Pray that  the few evangelical communities  be a force for reconciliation.

Pray that the Gospel continue to spread.
Prayer update: Serbia

All of the above info comes fromthe following links

Wikipedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbia

Operation World
www.operationworld.org/serb

Prayercast
prayercast.com/serbia.html
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DeeDee2015's avatar
Thank you for these words its true that lot of things needed to be fixed in my country...
WolfOfRebellion's avatar
Actually, there is religious freedom in Serbia. Our Orthodox Church isn't selfish nor harsh. If you want actual truth, come to Serbia and ask priests and patriarch about what Orthodox Church had done for thousands of orphans and people who live in enclaves of "indepedent" Kosovo.
We do not appreciate sodomites nor heretical groups like Jehovah's Witnesses and satanists ("black rose" cult).

About war and government - war ended 20 years ago and nobody cares about government anymore. Just stupid minority and politicians are loud about that.
About war criminals - all of them got kicked to Hague, but Bosniak and Croatian ones were released, despite that they murdered thousands upon thousands of people.