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.

Prayer Monday – Poland

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Poland is a country of over 38 million people bordering the Baltic Sea as well as seven countries. Of those 38 million people a vast majority (almost 90%) are associated with the roman Catholic Church and a very small percentage (.3%) are evangelical Christians. Despite these numbers, in a somewhat recent survey, less than 1% of the total population said they believed that faith is necessary for a successful life.

Please pray for:

  • God to call more workers to Poland (fewest missionaries per capita).
  • Polish Evangelicals to be strong and active in their faith.

I recently came across a ministry called prayercast who’s goal is to produce a prayer video for every country in the world. I enjoyed the video on Poland, so I thought I would start sharing them whenever they have a video for the country of the week. So here is Poland!

Prayer Monday – Norway

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Norway, a country of almost 5 million people is one of four Scandinavian countries. The vast majority of Norwegians are affiliated with the Christian church (91%) and it has one of the larger percentages of evangelicals in Europe that I have seen so far while doing Prayer Monday (8.4%). Norway has strong mission-sending traditions and lively mission vision today. Pentecostals and independent mission organizations within the Lutheran Church are the core of this sending tradition. Norway remains proportionally one of the top sending nations, even while again focusing on the renewed need for home missions. But a new wave of younger missionaries is called for.

Please pray for:

State-church pastors to be increasingly committed to biblical theology.

A revival among the church.

Norway’s many missionaries to be used by God for amazing things in all the nations they are serving in.

The younger generations to be reached through Christ-centered ministries.

Prayer Monday – Netherlands

 

 

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First off let me include a link to a video my supervisor showed me about the Netherlands. It will probably confuse you more than help, but it will at least let you know that there is a difference between Holland and the Netherlands.

Now that we got that out of the way, how about we look at how we can be praying for the Dutch.

Many of the church buildings in the Netherlands have been converted to shops, apartments or event halls. Their are Christ-following congregations still, but some have let societal norms affect their teaching. Most churches are declining in size, but evangelical churches are growing. Too often the Dutch only want their faith for christenings, marriage blessings and funerals.

Please pray for:

The existing churches to reach out and plant more churches.

God’s protection from negative cultural influences.

 

Prayer Monday – Montenegro

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Montenegro declared independence from Serbia in 2006 after being united with Serbia since the former Yugoslavia dissolved in 1992. Montenegrins call their little country the pearl of the Meditteranean, with its Adriatic coastline, mountains and lakes. It is beautiful, but its rocky landscape parallels the spiritual landscape. Of its 625,500 population, only somewhere in the 2oo’s claim to be active in their faith and attempting to reach others for Christ. It is a small, but growing population of believers with a growth rate of over 5% each year, but because there are so few the impact on a larger level is still to come.

Please pray for:

The evangelical community to reach out and continue to grow at an unprecedented rate.

More missionaries to feel a call to Montenegro as it is one of the least evangelized countries in Europe.

Couples and families to become active believers since family ties dominate every strata of society.

Prayer Monday – Monaco

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Monaco, most known for gambling and a tax haven is the second smallest country in the world and has the highest population density. Close to 85% of those who live in this French speaking country consider themselves Roman Catholic. Almost 79% of the 33,00 who live in Monaco are expatriates. Whether they are expatriates or Monegasque very few are evangelical Christians.

Monaco could be a country of great influence in the Kingdom of God due to the many visitors and wealthy persons who come to Monaco. A strong Christian presence could be huge in spreading the Gospel in Monaco and throughout the rest of the world.

Please pray for:

Believers in Monaco to live out their faith to influence their friends, family, neighbors and visitors.

An excitement for God among those that do attend church.

Pray that committed believers in all four churches (Catholic, Anglican, French Reformed and the strongly evangelical, bilingual Monaco Christian Fellowship) might impact the whole of society.

Prayer Monday – Moldova

The first time I ever heard of Moldova, I seriously thought that someone was playing a joke on me and made up a country. Apparently my ignorance showed through because Moldova is indeed a country and it is inhabited by over 3.5 million people, so I apologize to the Moldovans for my ignorance.

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Moldova is one of Europe’s poorest nations despite it’s medieval monasteries and fortresses, underground wine caves and spa resorts. After Moldova declared it’s independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, living conditions declined. There is a strong Orthodox presence and there have been some recent promising movements among the Orthodox Church encouraging spiritual growth. The evangelical church has also grown, but unfortunately it is still less than 4% of the population.

Please pray for:

Continued spiritual growth among the Orthodox church

Continued growth in the evangelical movement

A house-church planting movement to be started and to thrive

Unity among evangelical denominations

Prayer Monday – Malta

It’s been several weeks since I have done a prayer Monday and I apologize for that. I was at a training in Colorado for five weeks and it was way more exhausting than I thought it would be. No excuses though, just thought I would share.

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The nation of Malta consists of three small islands in the Mediterranean Sea just south of Sicily. While it is only 122 sq mi, it is the most densely populated of all of the countries in the European Union. Malta has a long history which can be seen in its prehistoric temples, catacombs and World War II bomb shelters. The Christian roots in this nation go all the way back to when the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked there.

98% of the Maltese are affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church in which a strong majority regularly attend mass and over 80% say their religion is important to them. Very few Maltese actively follow Jesus though. Just a little over 5,000 of the 410,000 Maltese are evangelical Christians, actively follow Jesus and make Him a part of their every day life.

Please pray for:

The regular church attenders to recognize their need for Jesus.

The evangelicals to be willing to reach out of their comfort zone to their neighbors, strangers and friends.

The start of a campus ministry of the University of Malta.

Prayer Monday – Macedonia

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Macedonia, once a part of Yuogslavia, is a land-locked country surrounded by Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Greece and Bulgaria. As with a lot of countries the number that claim Christianity in Macedonia is vastly different from those that are living a life with Christ and guided by Him. Close to 2/3 of the country claims to belong to the Macedonian Orthodox church, but most of the churches are empty on a regular basis. The evangelical presence is very small (.2%), but it is growing. Life in Macedonia can be difficult. It has a 35% unemployment rate, low pay and high prices.

Please pray for:

Living situations to improve for the unemployed and employed.

The evangelical movement to continue growing.

Unity among the churches.