Macedonian in Romania


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Three different peoples call themselves Macedonians. The largest group are the Greek speaking Macedonians who live in the northern section of the nation state of Greece. A second people who call themselves Macedonians are a south Slavic speaking group who primarily live in the Balkan country of North Macedonia. A third group of Macedonians are ethnic Bulgarians who live in western and southern Bulgaria. In this profile we will look at the second group of Slavic speaking Macedonians. In the early Middle Ages, Slavic peoples came to the area we now know as North Macedonia. This area was part of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. In 1913 North Macedonia came under Serbian control.
Following WWII, North Macedon was a republic in the nation of Yugoslavia. North Macedonia became an independent country in 1991. A revised complete Macedonian Bible became available in 2017. Slavic Macedonians live in over 30 nations of the world besides North Macedonia. These include Greece, Australia, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, Italy, the USA, Serbia and Canada. There is also a smaller community of Macedonians in Romania. Most of these are descended from refugees of the Greek Civil War in the late 1940s. There was a smaller number that had settled in Romania as early as the 1300s. Others trickled in through the centuries for business purposes.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In 2000 the Association of Macedonians in Romania was established as a political party to represent Macedonians in that country.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The large majority of Slavic Macedonians claim to be Christians and are members of the Eastern Orthodox Churches. Most are married and buried in the church. Their babies are baptized by priests into the Easter Orthodox Churches. Unfortunately, the faith of Macedonians is more a part of their ethnic heritage than a vital part of their lives. Most don't attend church services on a regular basis. Macedonians tend to be more concerned with their economic situation and families than the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Evangelicals and Easter Orthodox Christians have much in common. They both believe in the inspiration of the Bible and the virgin birth, deity, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Unlike the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox priests can marry. There is no one leader of the Eastern Orthodox. Councils of bishops make decisions rather than the one Pope, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Rome.


What Are Their Needs?

Slavic Macedonians need to understand that they can have a personal love relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Christianity is not a set of rules or system of morality. Christians can know for certain that their sins are forgiven, and they have eternal life. According to Eastern Orthodox teaching, one cannot be assured of one's salvation. One's salvation is a product of faith and works in the Orthodox Churches.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to revive the Eastern Orthodox Church in Romania so that it focuses on Jesus Christ.
Pray that the Lord sends disciple-makers to the Macedonian people in Romania.
Pray for spiritual hunger and a discernment that will keep the Macedonian people in Romania away from spiritual counterfeits.
Ask the Lord to raise up pastors in North Macedonia who know and love the Bible.


Scripture Prayers for the Macedonian in Romania.


References

wikipedia.org/wiki/Macedonia_%28region%29
wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Macedonia
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/macedonia/
https://www.globotreks.com/destinations/macedonia/14-facts-you-might-not-know-about-macedonia/
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~kolev20k/Dispute%20with%20Greece.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macedonians_of_Romania#:~:text=The%20Macedonians%20of%20Romania%20are,War%20(1946%2D1949).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_of_Macedonians_of_Romania
https://www.icr.ro/pagini/the-macedonian-minority-in-romania
https://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?handle=hein.journals/rvusoclge2022&div=11&id=&page=


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Macedonian
People Name in Country Macedonian
Alternate Names
Population this Country 1,100
Population all Countries 1,955,000
Total Countries 29
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 13186
ROP3 Code 105968
Country Romania
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Romania
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
88.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
6.00 %
Non-Religious
6.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Macedonian (1,100 speakers)
Language Code mkd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Macedonian (1,100 speakers)
Language Code mkd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Macedonian

Primary Language:  Macedonian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1952-1959)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1967-1976)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1990-2017)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Macedonian Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Macedonian YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Macedonian YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Macedonian YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Macedonian Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Photo Source CharlesFred - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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