Independence brought optimism and hope. Montenegro is a small country, but it has great potential. However, it must avoid the hatred among ethnic/religious communities that cripples most nations of the Balkan region.
Pray for Montenegro to be a just, peaceful, and corruption-free nation which enjoys ethnic harmony! Pray that people will seek the truth of Christ in the midst of their newfound nationhood.
The Orthodox Church is characterized by an almost farcical drama of claims, counterclaims and mutual anathematisation’s as the Montenegrin Orthodox Church seeks to establish itself in place of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Before the 20th Century the Montenegrin Orthodox Church existed as an autocephalous group. Pray that instead of squabbling over rights and property, Orthodox leaders would demonstrate Christlike leadership to a population whose faith is, for the most part, nominal. Pray for new spiritual life to come to the nation’s Orthodox community (75% of the population).
The evangelical community is tiny but multiplying. The Pentecostals, Baptists and Brethren have active growing churches. Evangelicals increased five-fold between 2000 and 2005, but they still only number 0.03% of the population. Evangelical congregations, while only a handful, have a vision for sharing the gospel; pray for continued church growth. Pray for steadfast witness in the face of opposition, for unity among denominations and for fruitful ministry.
From Operation World, 7th Edition, by Jason Mandryk. Copyright (c) 2010 by Jason Mandryk. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL, USA. www.ivpress.com