Ethnic Montenegrins make up almost half of the population of the small Balkan nation of Montenegro. For three centuries the area we now know as Montenegro was under the domination of the Ottoman Empire. In 1878, Montenegro gained its independence from the Turks. Following WWII, Montenegro was one of the six republics of Yugoslavia. The citizens of Montenegro voted to be independent from Serbia in 2006. Compared to other southeastern European nations, Montenegro has done well economically since the fall of communism. Montenegro is a member of NATO and is in process of joining the European Union. Smaller groups of Montenegrins live in Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The national language of Montenegro is Montenegrin, a variety of Serbo-Croatian, a south Slavic language. The language is written in both Latin and Cyrillic script. They prefer to use the Latin script. A newly revised Montenegrin Bible became available in 2015.
Since the language of Montenegrins is nearly identical to that of the Serbs, there are no problems with language. The Montenegrins might not even be perceived as different than the Serbs. However, there might be suspicion of the Montenegrins since they have members of an organized crime network inside Serbia. Most Montenegrin people in Serbia, however, live ordinary honest lives.
The majority of the Montenegrins are members of the Eastern Orthodox Churches. There are also Muslims and non-religious Montenegrins. Most Montenegrins do not attend church services on a regular basis. They are Eastern Orthodox Christians in name only. They are married and buried in the church. Their babies are baptized into the church. Most Montenegrins are more concerned with their economic situation and family than the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Churches.
Evangelicals have much in common with the Eastern Orthodox Church. Both believe in the inspiration of the Bible and the deity and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Unlike the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox priests can marry. There is no pope in the Eastern Orthodox Churches. A council of bishops makes their important decisions. While evangelicals believe that one is saved by grace alone through faith in Christ, Eastern Orthodox Christians believe one is saved by one's faith and good works.
Montenegrins must understand that they can have a personal, love relationship with Jesus Christ. Christianity is more than a system of morality or family heritage. Montenegrins need to study their Bible and grow in their faith in Christ.
Ask the Lord to send loving disciple-makers to the Montenegrins.
Pray for a Christ centered revival to the Eastern Orthodox Churches in Montenegro.
Pray the Holy Spirit leads many to read and study the Montenegrin Bible.
Pray that many would tune into Montenegrin radio programs.
Scripture Prayers for the Montenegrin in Serbia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
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|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Serbian
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|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1563-1997)|
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|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture / Bible||General / Other|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||God's Story video||God's Story|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Serbian||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Love letter to you from scripture||Father's Love Letter|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Rivka 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||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Serbian||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Serbian||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Children and youth resources||One Hope|
|Text / Printed Matter||Jesus Messiah comic book||General / Other|
|Text / Printed Matter||Tools for faith conversations||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies||World Missionary Press|