Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia on June 25th, 1991. For the first time in history, the Slovene people had the opportunity to govern themselves. They are now in the challenging process of deciding who they will be as a nation and as people, which is resulting in a rapid change of their values and beliefs. In 1991 more than 70% of Slovenes claimed to be Catholic. Nowadays this number has dropped to less than 50% and continues its decline. Youth are questioning the religion of their parents and great parents and are seeking the truth on their own. We have an incredible opportunity to share the Gospel and reach this nation and its youth for Christ.
Slovenia is a country with 2 million inhabitants and is about the size of New Jersey. Only 1,100 -1,200 people in all of Slovenia claim to be evangelical Christians. This places it among the most un-evangelized countries in the world.
The Lord has given the Josiah Venture team in Slovenia the opportunity to partner with local churches and be a light in some dark places. After slow toiling beginnings, we are now seeing a handful of Slovene youth with a passion to share Christ with their friends and family. We are able to walk alongside these leaders as we begin to train them in how to disciple.
The Lord is also opening up new doors in cities like Radovljica that have not had an evangelical presence in over 400 years. It seems the Lord is preparing to shed His light on the nation using this next generation. The spiritual war is at hand and as we press into the darkness, satan presses back. Please pray for these new believers and leaders to be rooted deeply in Christ so they can reach their country with the love of Christ.