I have talked several times about why Europe is in need of missionaries and why I am going over there to do my part, but I thought it might help if I highlighted more specifically what is going on in each of the countries in Europe. So, my plan for the next year is to share some data with you all about one country in Europe every Monday. The data I will be getting will be from Operation World. Operation World is an evangelical Christian organization that is concerned about fulfilling the Great Commission. They have compiled information on every country in the world and I want to share it with you so you can be praying for Europe specifically. I will also be using a book put out by Greater Europe Mission called “Prayer for the Nations.” Inside the book it has a guide for each country that makes up Greater Europe. There is much more detail then I will share, but if you want a copy of the book for your own prayers please let me know and I will get you one.
Belarus, a decent-sized country sandwiched between Ukraine, Poland and Russia is a rare country with a declining population. The total population is just under 9.6 million but is declining at a rate of -.5%. All citizens of this country are members of the Eastern Orthodox Church, but because of this many “members” do not believe in God.
There is a very small evangelical Christian population (122,576) but it is growing despite the negative population growth of the country itself and despite the fact that believers must meet in difficult circumstances and having to create imaginative ways to legally meet for fellowship.
Pray for the groups to continue to grow and come up with legal ways to meet and perform outreach.
Pray for a bold leader in the government to step forward and promote religious freedom.
Pray for missionaries to come to Belarus and help lead youth initiatives as this is a desire of the growing church in Belarus.