Kosovo Pristina Old Man Bymikijourdan Viaflickrcc

Pray for Kosovo

Mother Teresa’s parents were born here in Kosovo. In ancient times, Kosovo was known as the center of the Dardanian kingdom and the Christian message first arrived here at the time of the Apostle Paul (Roman 15:19). Yet Kosovo has undergone much change over the centuries.

Kosovo is the country in Europe with the highest percentage of Muslims (about 95%). Christians are a minority and together (Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants) make up about 3% of the population. Muslims and Christians generally live together tolerably, although recent efforts by extremist groups to re-Islamize Kosovo, especially its young people, has planted a threatening seed for the future of the country.

Kosovo Pristina Bysenadkahraman Viapexels
View of Pristine, the capital of Kosovo | photo by Senad Kahraman via Pixels

The evangelical church experienced growth between 2000 and 2008, and it is estimated that over 12,000 people now profess faith in Jesus Christ. In 2007, the Protestant community was officially recognized by the state in the Law on Religious Rights and Freedoms, which means that conversion and freedom of belief are guaranteed in the constitution. Many Kosovarians are generally open to the Gospel. However, new believers often experience great pressure from their families and friends.

How to Pray

  • Pray for the many young Kosovars who are emigrating to Western Europe. Pray that they will come to know Jesus on their travels.
  • Pray for peace in the north of Kosovo where there is growing conflict between Kosovo and Serbia. Real peace and reconciliation through Jesus is needed.
  • Pray for new church plants in Kosovo. There are many states and villages where there are no churches yet. There are also still too many unreached people groups in Kosovo, such as Serbs, Bosnians, Turks, and Gorans, as well as a large part of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians.
See also  Pray for Bosniaks
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