With refugees making up a large percentage of the congregations, many people are in a place of transition. There is rapid turnover of leaders and lay people. It is hard to build and expand the church to a place of stability.
While Croatians are spiritually open, more immigrants and refugees are joining the church than native Croatians.
About 90 percent of Croatians belong to the prominent religion in the country. Often ethnicity and religion are seen as inseparable. Faith may be more a matter of culture and nationality than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord.
Please pray for the many Croatians who feel they need leave their nation to find employment and life resources elsewhere.
Ask God to help Croatian asylum seekers be successful as they go through the hardships of social integration.
Please pray for Christian churches in Croatia to be united in their faith and mission, especially while they are working to meet the needs of poor and discouraged people.
Pray for the Nazarene churches to find adequate worship space allowing ministries to expand.
Croatia is a welcoming country. People are receptive to conversations about God. Additionally, it is easy to make friends. People are generous with their time and openness.
Nazarenes are invited to work alongside other organizations ministering to refugees. This brought many people into the church and some into faith.
The Nazarene churches in Zagreb have outgrown their space and need more room for children’s ministries and a larger sanctuary.