Presentation on theme: "Albania Population: 3,002,859 (July 2012 est.) GDP (PPP) per capita: $8,000 (2012 est.) Ethnic groups: Albanian 95%, Greek 3%, other 2% (Vlach, Roma (Gypsy),"— Presentation transcript:
Albania Population: 3,002,859 (July 2012 est.) GDP (PPP) per capita: $8,000 (2012 est.) Ethnic groups: Albanian 95%, Greek 3%, other 2% (Vlach, Roma (Gypsy), Serb, Macedonian, Bulgarian) (1989 est.) Religions: Muslim 70%, Albanian Orthodox 20%, Roman albanien Catholic 10% ( note: percentages are estimates; there are no available current statistics on religious affiliation; all mosques and churches were closed in 1967 and religious observances prohibited; in November 1990, Albania began allowing private religious practice)
Pray for Albania Pray for the Albanian believers to have a passion to reach their neighbours, friends and families. Pray for unity in the body of believers in each local church and in the larger church body across denominational lines. Pray for more workers to train nationals to effectively proclaim the Gospel to their country. Only 52 percent of children attend primary school and some impoverished families send their children abroad or rely on children to beg on the streets. Child trafficking is therefore a major concern, although there is hope that legislation passed in November 2010 will lay the framework for improved child protection. Pray for children in Albania, that they could grow up in safety and security. (Info from Smile International) Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe, with economic improvement slow. Unemployment is a major factor contributing to the economic hardship. Pray for wisdom for those in authority, and for jobs to be created. Pray also that the Church would be able to engage with and help those in severe poverty. Pray for peaceful political rallies and truthful campaign advertising during the political debates for upcoming parliamentary elections (23rd June). Pray for God to raise up leaders with wisdom and integrity, and for stability within the country through a transition.
Bosnia Population: 3,879,296 (July 2012 est.) GDP (PPP) per capita: $8,300 (2012 est.) Ethnic groups: Bosniak 48%, Serb 37.1%, Croat 14.3%, other 0.6% (2000) (note: Bosniak has replaced Muslim as an ethnic term in part to avoid confusion with the religious term Muslim – an adherent of Islam) Religions: Muslim 40%, Orthodox 31%, Roman Catholic 15%, other 14%
Pray for Bosnia Bosnia suffered terribly during the war in the 1990’s. It is estimated that 250,000 people were killed in the fighting and ethnic cleansing. This has left deep scars – all the more because this took place among communities that had previously lived together and even intermarried. Pray for healing of the emotional wounds and reconciliation between the different ethnic groups. Pray also for the re-start of industry; that factories would be opened so people could find jobs and the country ́s economy could stand up on its own feet again. Pray that God would strengthen the Church in Bosnia, so that it could build bridges across ethnic divides and carry His healing and love to the nation. Pray that local believers could be channels of hope and peace in a hopeless situation. More than a decade after the civil war ended, the political situation in Bosnia Herzegovina is still complicated and in need of change. Whilst in some areas positive steps have been taken toward unity, the nation remains deeply divided. Pray for those in authority, for wisdom and courage to take the country forward. Young people in particular are pessimistic – many want to leave the country. Pray for a new generation to rise up free from the wounds of the past and able to take the country forward.
Bulgaria Population: 7,037,935 (July 2012 est.) GDP (PPP) per capita: $14,200 (2012 est.) Ethnic groups: Bulgarian 76.9%, Turk 8%, Roma 4.4%, other 0.7% (including Macedonian, Armenian, Tatar, Circassian), other (unknown) 10% (2011 census) Religions: Eastern Orthodox 59.4%, Muslim (Sunni) 7.4%, Muslim (Shia) 0.4%, other (including Catholic, Protestant, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox, and Judaism) 1.7%, other (unknown) 27.4%, none 3.7% (2011 census)
Pray for Bulgaria In February 2013, Bulgaria’s government resigned after nationwide protests against high electricity prices, austerity measures, poverty, and corruption. Pray for peace during this time of turmoil and transition. Pray for peaceful political rallies and truthful campaign advertising during the political debates for upcoming parliamentary elections on 12th May. And pray that God would raise up leaders with wisdom and integrity to lead the country through this difficult time. In the past decade Bulgaria has pressed ahead with market reforms and has achieved some economic growth. Nevertheless, incomes and living standards remain very low – it has the lowest wages in the EU. Pray for wisdom for the government in creating jobs, and pray for those in severe poverty, including the Roma, who face poverty rates four times higher than the rest of the population, according to an Amnesty International report in 2012. Pray for unity in the body of believers in each local church and in the larger church body across denominational lines. Pray that God would raise up Christians who would stand for integrity within Bulgarian society, especially in the business sector.
Croatia Population: 4,480,043 (July 2012 est.) GDP (PPP) per capita: $18,100 (2012 est.) Ethnic groups: Croat 89.6%, Serb 4.5%, other 5.9% (including Bosniak, Hungarian, Slovene, Czech, and Roma) (2001 census) Religions: Roman Catholic 87.8%, Orthodox 4.4%, other Christian 0.4%, Muslim 1.3%, other and unspecified 0.9%, none 5.2% (2001 census)
Pray for Croatia Pray for unity within the Church, that believers would continue to demonstrate the boundary-breaking, universal love of God. Pray that God would raise up Christian leaders in Croatia Pray for lasting reconciliation among the ethnic groups in the nation and across borders after all the rivalries and bitterness towards one another. The European Commission has given Croatia the green light to join the EU on 1 July. Pray for wisdom and courage for the government in implementing the required reforms, especially measures to tackle organised crime and corruption. Pray for healing and restoration especially for those areas affected by war in the 90’s, where quality of life is lower and social exclusion is more prevalent.
Greece Population: 10,767,827 (July 2012 est.) GDP (PPP) per capita: $25,100 (2012 est.) Ethnic groups: population: Greek 93%, other (foreign citizens) 7% (2001 census) note: percents represent citizenship, since Greece does not collect data on ethnicity Religions: Greek Orthodox (official) 98%, Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7%
Pray for Greece Greece’s economic crisis has in turn caused huge social problems. Unemployment is at about 26%, with rising poverty, and ongoing strikes and protests and concerns about more social unrest. Pray for peace in the midst of all this. Pray for wisdom for the government, and pray for organisations working with the poor. Youth unemployment is at 60% and children are being driven into poverty – there is little hope for the future. Pray for the young people in Greece, for hope to rise again. Pray that God’s plans and purposes for the Greek nation will come to pass. Pray for spiritual renewal within the Church in Greece, and for unity and cooperation across denominational boundaries. Pray that the Church could effectively demonstrate God’s love to those in need and without hope at this time.
Kosovo Population: 1,836,529 (July 2012 est.) GDP (PPP) per capita: $7,400 (2012 est.) Ethnic groups: Albanians 92%, other (Serb, Bosniak, Gorani, Roma, Turk, Ashkali, Egyptian) 8% (2008) Religions: Muslim, Serbian Orthodox, Roman Catholic (no percentages given)
Pray for Kosovo Kosovo suffers from high unemployment (around 45%) and much poverty. Pray for the government, for wisdom and good policies. Pray that the ongoing dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia would result in lasting peace between these two nations. The inter-ethnic war and violence has left many victims. Pray for healing and restoration of lives, families and communities in Kosovo. There are still 21,000 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Kosovo, part of the legacy of the violence. Pray for these people to find adequate housing and peace in their lives. Pray for the Church in Kosovo, that it would grow in numbers and in maturity. Pray for the church leaders and missionaries working in Kosovo, that they would be strengthened and encouraged.
Macedonia Population: 2,082,370 (July 2012 est.) GDP (PPP) per capita: $10,700 (2012 est.) Ethnic groups: Macedonian 64.2%, Albanian 25.2%, Turkish 3.9%, Roma (Gypsy) 2.7%, Serb 1.8%, other 2.2% (2002 census) Religions: Macedonian Orthodox 64.7%, Muslim 33.3%, other Christian 0.37%, other and unspecified 1.63% (2002 census)
Pray for Macedonia Ethnic relations in the country between Macedonians and Albanians continue to be fragile. The last few months have seen violent ethnically-charged protests. Pray for peace, for healing and reconciliation within the nation. Although the economy is improving, the country is still very poor and unemployment remains high. Pray for an end to recent political instability, for wisdom and good policies for the government, and for jobs to be created in the country. Pray for greater unity and cooperation within the Church in Macedonia, and that it could bridge the gap between ethnic groups. Pray for the raising up of church leaders within the country.
Montenegro Population: 657,394 (July 2012 est.) GDP (PPP) per capita: $11,700 (2012 est.) Ethnic groups: Montenegrin 43%, Serbian 32%, Bosniak 8%, Albanian 5%, other (Muslims, Croats,Roma (Gypsy)) 12% (2003 census) Religions: Orthodox 74.2%, Muslim 17.7%, Catholic 3.5%, other 0.6%, unspecified 3%, atheist 1% (2003 census)
Pray for Montenegro There are still areas of great poverty and many refugees – more than 16,000 displaced people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo – continue to live here in bunkers and makeshift homes. Pray that the government could address this issue with care and consideration to avoid division and mistreatment of the poor and marginalised. Pray also for reconciliation between the different ethnic groups in Montenegro. Corruption and organised crime are issues of concern in the nation. Pray for leaders with integrity to be raised up. Pray for church planters and workers among the youth to see this generation have a chance to hear about Jesus.
Romania Population: 21,848,504 (July 2012 est.) GDP (PPP) per capita: $12,800 (2012 est.) Ethnic groups: Romanian 89.5%, Hungarian 6.6%, Roma 2.5%, Ukrainian 0.3%, German 0.3%, Russian 0.2%, Turkish 0.2%, other 0.4% (2002 census) Religions: Eastern Orthodox (including all sub-denominations) 86.8%, Protestant (various denominations including Reformate and Pentecostal) 7.5%, Roman Catholic 4.7%, other (mostly Muslim) and unspecified 0.9%, none 0.1% (2002 census)
Pray for Romania There is much poverty within Romania, especially among the Roma people. There has also been much political instability over the past months, and corruption is an ongoing problem. Pray for leadership that has the wisdom to chart the right path and the integrity to implement the right policies, and for greater stability within the nation. Many people leave the country looking for work, leaving many children growing up without parental care. There are also many orphans and high abortion rates. Pray for families in Romania, that children would grow up in safety and security. Pray for a much greater sense of unity in churches, between churches, and between denominations, resulting in cooperation in prayer, evangelism, and social work.
Serbia Population: 7,276,604 (July 2012 est.) (note: does not include the population of Kosovo) GDP (PPP) per capita: $10,500 (2012 est.) Ethnic groups: Serb 82.9%, Hungarian 3.9%, Romany (Gypsy) 1.4%, Yugoslavs 1.1%, Bosniaks 1.8%,Montenegrin 0.9%, other 8% (2002 census) Religions: Serbian Orthodox 85%, Catholic 5.5%, Protestant 1.1%, Muslim 3.2%, unspecified 2.6%, other, unknown, or atheist 2.6% (2002 census)
Pray for Serbia Largely due to the wars in the former Yugoslavia, Serbia has the largest refugee population in Europe, including approximately 210,000 IDPs from Kosovo, according to the UN Refugee Agency. A large number of refugees and IDPs reside in substandard temporary housing or in illegal settlements lacking basic facilities. Pray for these people and for wisdom for the authorities in improving their situation. The Balkan Wars have left many unresolved issues in their wake; the future of Kosovo is a contentious issue for Serbia, pray for peaceful negotiations over this matter. Pray for the small but growing churches peppered across the country: for Christ-like love and boldness, Christ- centred unity and continued vision, and that these multi- cultural fellowships would lead the way in reconciliation. Pray for church leaders and missionaries working in Serbia, that God would strengthen and encourage them, and give them wisdom.
Turkey Population: 80,694,485 (July 2012 est.); European Turkey: 10,436,983 (from 2011 Census) GDP (PPP) per capita: $15,000 (2012 est.) Ethnic groups: Turkish 70-75%, Kurdish 18%, other minorities 7-12% (2008 est.) Religions: Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)
Pray for Turkey There have been high-profile trials of alleged coup plotters in Turkey, which have attracted thousands of protestors. Pray for wise leadership to peacefully navigate the tense rivalry between staunch nationalists and Islamic groups. Refugees from Syria now in registered in Turkey amount to over 600,000. Pray for these people, and pray for wisdom for the authorities and charities in providing for these people. Pray for the continued witness of the Church despite increased hostilities toward believers. Pray for the Turkish police and their important role in preventing attacks and pray for ongoing protection for Christians in Turkey. Pray for a radical change in deep-seated prejudices and biases against Christianity. Pray that the various ethnic and religious groups in Turkey would be united in their efforts for an improved and more peaceful society.