Religion: The majority of Bosnians are Islamic. Serbian Orthodox and Roman Catholicism are also widely recognized. Nationalistic religions have replaced communism and religious freedom is more theory than practise. 0.1% Evangelicals (Source: Operation World)
Trivia: The Bosnian word for God is ‘Bog’!
TEN partners with churches and organisations in Bosnia who are working towards their recovery from war, ethnic cleansing and persecution. We support our Bosnian partners as they serve the poor and share the love of Jesus. Some of the ways they currently help include providing emergency relief in times of crisis, offering free medical assistance to local people, planting churches and running Alpha Courses.
Pray that the ongoing racial and ethnic tensions will be alleviated, that people will be able to forgive and choose peace so that reoccurrences of past wars will never resurface.
Bosnian refugees remain scattered around the world and Bosnia. Pray that the many hundreds and thousands of people who are homeless will find refuge and a community.
Only a small number of Bosnians have had Jesus shard with them. Pray for increased opportunity to make disciples of the Bosnian people.
The amount of unemployed people is a drain on both the economy and the morale of thousands of people; please pray that reliable employment opportunities will arise.
Pray for the Bosnian Church, that they will be given freedom to share the gospel, pray with people and exercise the gifts of the Spirit.
Historically, Bosnia was part of Yugoslavia. During WWII the Bosnians suffered horrific persecution and the Jewish population was almost entirely exterminated. There was division between the Serbian Chetniks and Bosnian Muslims, atrocities occurred from both parties. Bosnia became a military hub for Yugoslavia but was peaceful from 1945-1992. Despite Tito’s insistence for one-race idealism, political leaders in Bosnia & Herzegovina worked hard to keep a sense of identity and laid foundations for independence in 1991.
The Bosnian Civil war broke out in 1992 and hit headlines worldwide. The UN eventually responded by authorising use of force to deliver humanitarian aid. Peace settlements were made with presidents of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia & Yugoslavia signing the Dayton Agreement. However, the horrors of war crimes, over 100,000 dead and more than 2 million refugees left a nation in tatters and mourning. Ethnic tensions remain and many free men are still regarded as war criminals.
Bosnia remains an economically poor nation, agriculture is typically inefficient and industry lacks the business streamlining the UK are accustomed to. Bosnia has a cultural heritage that has eastern and western influence in equal measure. The cultural diversity, stunning mountain ranges, and its capital, Sarajevo, are all fast gaining a tourist reputation. Bosnia is gradually progressing towards a more developed future.