The people in Slovakia need to HEAR the gospel proclaimed and SEE the gospel lived out. The reality is that in the twenty-first century, Europe is the least evangelized continent in the world. Particularly, in Central and Eastern Europe where oppression and persecution led many Christians to hide and flee. There just aren’t enough Christians and churches to reach the lost people in their countries and cities.
In Slovakia, the average person is a culturally a religious Catholic who is not actively following Jesus with their lives spiritually. Slovakia has a population of 5,400,000 people with an evangelical church membership of only about 10,000 people. That means that less than 0.2% of the Slovak population are following Jesus in the context of their local church. The current challenges facing Slovakia are great, but there is momentum building.
Slovakia is a beautiful country with a rich and complicated past. Many Americans confuse Slovakia with Czechoslovakia, or Slovenia, and wouldn’t be able to find it on a map. If you ever travel through Slovakia you will see massive castles perched up in the hills throughout the countryside. These remnants highlight the strength that Slovaks have maintained throughout the centuries, a symbol of endurance. And now there is something emerging through the ruble, new life as people are finding their own identity and position in the world. We are prayerful that in this next season, a spiritual awakening emerges that find its hope and trust in Jesus Christ.