Prayer Monday – Spain

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A country of over 45 million people, Spain is home to over 35 million people who claim to be Christian. Just under 500,000 of those people are considered Evangelical Christians, actively trying to reach others for Christ. Spain is the home country for the third most used language in the world (Spanish).

Here are some praying points for this week:

Evangelical numbers have grown, but not as fast or in the ways hoped for. Many evangelical churches are concentrated in Catalonia (especially Barcelona), along the east coast, in Andalucía and in the areas around Madrid. Pray for:

a) Revival. Spain has never experienced a national outpouring of the Holy Spirit in revival, and, as secular attitudes predominate, the general spiritual atmosphere is drier than ever.

b) Greater cooperation among denominations. Unity is actually a positive point overall, but deliberate collaboration is scarce. FEREDE, the Federation of Spanish Evangelical Religious Entities, is a key network hub for evangelical denominations, giving focus in ministry and speaking for evangelicals to the government. The Evangelical Alliance of Spain has promoted unity among evangelicals for more than 130 years.

Pray that a revival in Spain would not only radically change Spain, but expand then to the rest of the Spanish speaking world.

Prayer Monday – Slovenia

Welcome back to my prayer Monday posts. I again apologize for my absence with these posts and i hope you continue to join with me these last 7 weeks as I finish up the European countries and start a new weekly prayer posting.

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Nestled in between Austria, Italy, Hungry and Croatia lies the country of Slovenia. Slovenia boasts lush vineyards, snow-capped mountains, ski resorts and despite it’s communist past it has a strong and is politically stable. Present day Slovenia became independent of Yugoslavia in 1991. It is roughly the same size of new Jersey but has 2 million people as compared to New Jersey’s almost 9 million. Of those 2 million people just over half claim any sort of Christianity and of those 1 million just under 2,000 consider themselves Evangelical. That is less than .1% of the total population. 

Please pray for:

  • Quality Christian resources to be written in the Slovene language.
  • The new, modern translation of the works of Primoz Trubar, the Slovene Protestant reformer who wrote the first books in Slovene (a language he helped to synthesize). He is highly regarded, although few have read his works. Pray that the Catechism and others of his books may lead many to a right understanding of God.
  • Church planting to be received well and successful in their outreach.

 

Prayer Monday – Slovakia

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You might remember this country as one half of the former Czechoslovakia. In 1993 Slovakia became independent from the Czech Republic. Within the past few years there has been an increase in evangelical Christians from .2% to 1.2%, but recently that growth has slowed down. As of right now there are more Jehovah’s Witnesses in Slovakia than evangelical Christians.

Please pray for:

  • Quality of spiritual life
  • Increased excitement within the evangelical church
  • The Slovak Evangelical Alliance to be a strong force in discipleship, evangelism and church multiplication.

Prayer Tuesday – Serbia

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Serbia is a country of just under 8 million people. While 80% claim to be Christian only .6% are Evangelical. A majority of the people in Serbia equate religion with nationality so if you are Serbian, you are Orthodox.  Among all of the main faith groups (Orthodoxy, Islam and Catholicism) only the Evangelical communities worship in multi-cultural communities. The Balkan Wars left a range of unresolved issues: the devastated economy, a fragile democracy, and poor relations with neighboring countries and treatment of minority groups (including in Kosovo).

Please pray for:

  • the Evangelical communities to strengthen in numbers and be a catalyst for good.
  • the Serbian youth to not fall prey to the evils of the world and to find a new reason to live in Jesus Christ.
  • more missionaries to be led by God to Serbia.

Prayer Monday – Russia

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Russia is the world’s largest country, extending across 9 time zones between the Baltic and the Pacific and lying in two different continents. With a population of over 140 million just under 94 million (67%) claim to be Christian while only just over 1.6 million are evangelical. After the fall of communism there was an influx of Christianity but within recent years it is becoming more difficult for missionaries to get into Russia, let alone stay for longer periods.

Please pray for:

  • The Russian Christians to unite and reach their fellow Russians for Christ.
  • Pray for sustainable, balanced growth that matches quality with quantity.
  • Religious freedom to stay a reality.

Prayer Monday – Romania

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A former communist country, Romania has embraced the possibilities of a lucrative future by recently joining NATO and the EU. It has a huge percentage of Christians (96%) and is dominated by the Orthodox church (87%). An increasing percentage of the population is Evangelical but there is still opposition within the church itself. A lot of the Orthodox affiliation is “inherited” as opposed to a deeply held, personal relationship with Christ.

Please pray for:

  •  Church-planting efforts to have a great impact.
  • The growing missions movement in Romania and the other countries of the Balkan Peninsula.
  • The evangelical movement to grab the otherwise nominal believers within the church and ignite a fire for Jesus within them.

 

 

Prayer Monday – Portugal

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Portugal, a country that the Protestant Reformation never reached, has just under 11 million people. Almost 94% claim to be Christian and 3% are Evangelical Christians. Recently there have been gains in the Evangelical movement, but due to disagreements between the denominations. There is also a major need for trained pastors and a few Bible schools are attempting to do just that.

Watch the video below and please pray for:

  • A united vision between the denominations – specifically for the Portuguese Evangelical Alliance to grow in impact.
  • More pastors to be adequately trained to lead their churches to become more of an impact.
  • For the young adult generation to continue to mature in Christ and become great witnesses for their fellow Portuguese.