Serbia 2017-05-02T12:31:13+00:00

Country Stats

  • Population: 8.77 million

  • Area: 88,361 sq km

  • Capital: Belgrade

  • Language: Serbian

  • Currency: Serbian Dinar

  • Official unemployment rate: 20%

  • Religion: Serbian Orthodox Christianity (84.59%), Roman Catholicism (4.97%), Islam (3.1%), Evangelical Christian (0.6%) 45,580

TEN is helping Serbia find forgiveness and reconciliation after years of prejudice and poverty. We support our Serbian partners in their work to serve the poor and share the love of Jesus. Some of the ways they currently help include offering drug addiction rehabilitation, providing leadership and theology training to church staff, and running well-attended Alpha Courses.

Our Partners in Serbia

Prayer Requests

  • Unemployment is a widespread problem throughout Serbia; please pray for those without employment or regular income that job opportunities will arise soon.

  • The Balkan Wars has left many unresolved issues in its wake; the future of Kosovo is a contentious issue for Serbia, pray for peaceful negotiations over this matter.

  • Please pray that Jesus will be known and followed amongst people in un-reached areas, most prominently the rural areas of central and southern Serbia.

  • Please pray for the thousands of war refugees that they will find home and family within the Christian church.

  • Pray for wisdom, integrity and safety for the leaders of Serbia, and that future attempts for justice and removal of corruption is not met with violent repercussions.

  • Please pray for the church in Serbia as they make strategic and compassionate decisions.

  • Pray for the economic state of the nation and that its current debts will not cripple their future policy making.

  • Nominal faith that is based on duty and formality is common within Serbia. Please pray that church congregations will become active followers of Jesus.

The Need

On 28 June 1914 Austria-Hungary used the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Bosnian Serb as an excuse to invade Serbia, sparking WWI. As the war concluded and both the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires fell, it paved the way for unity between Slovaks, Croats and Serbs, thus the inception of Yugoslavia.

In WWII, Nazi’s bombed Belgrade and conquered Serbia and the rest of Yugoslavia. The genocide of Serbs was ruthless and even after the war communists shot Serbs seemingly without remorse. Estimates put Yugoslav losses at 1.7 million dead and national damages of $1.9billion (prices of that period). Tito became the first president of Yugoslavia with a communist ideology for his kingdom.

Many regarded 1989 as the highlight of the Yugoslav reign, they were economically strong, living standards were at their peak and capitalism was creeping into their policy-making. So when Croats and Serbs beginning warring in 1990 it came as quite a shock to the outside world. The war sparked the beginning of the end for Yugoslavia and it broke up in 1992. This initially led to Serbia & Montenegro gaining a joint independence but in 2006 Serbia became a sovereign state.

A recent Prime Minister was assassinated attempting to expose criminal activity of the previous regime. The subsequent re-elections failed on the first three attempts due to voter apathy and a worrying sway in opinion towards nationalism appears to be brewing. Although Serbia is progressing economically they are well behind neighbouring countries. Privatising their banks now means foreigners own 70% of the Serbian banking. Debts during the economic crisis have risen so high that the international Monetary Fund had to intervene with $4billion. Serbia has on-going negotiations over Kosovo’s independence but is otherwise a peaceful country, seemingly on the up.