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The Spiritual Need in the Balkans

The Balkans is a geographic region in Southeastern Europe generally comprised of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia, and can also include Greece and Turkey.

Representing the convergence of Greek and Latin parts of the Roman Empire, along with Islam and Christianity, the Balkans is a significant crossroads of culture and religion. It has a long history of political upheaval, ethnic conflict, and even ethnic cleansing, which greatly impacted the territorial distribution of the population. Their unique multi-ethnic culture is the result of years of civil wars and a general disunity among people groups.

Most of the population is Muslim, but there are also Catholic and Orthodox populations. Due to the tensions between the three primary religious groups, it is important that a cross-cultural worker’s lifestyle exemplifies a contrast between religiosity and a personal relationship with Christ.

Doors in the Balkans are open to cross-cultural workers. People are willing to listen and engage in activities. Many different skills and types of outreach can be used as a ministry to bring people to Christ and make an eternal difference.

Baptist Missions To The Balkans

Jesus often met the physical needs of people first before engaging with their spiritual needs. In a similar way, ABWE uses sport camps and education in the Balkans to help meet very real physical needs for both adults and children. We also provide a platform to guide people to the one God who can provide everlasting salvation.

In 2001, a widowed mother and her daughter developed an after-school tutoring program to bring much needed education to children whose lives were torn apart by the horrors of a recent ethnic war. This after-school program has now developed into a full-fledged school focused on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, as well as on showing children the love of Jesus and promoting strong character development. The school is also becoming a hub for business development, community outreach, and relationship building.

Additionally, ABWE’s sports foundation began in 2002 by using hockey to reach out to children on the streets. It has helped children deal with the pain of broken families and provided educational support as they go through school.

The Balkans needs workers and teammates who are willing to invest in deeply in relationships and participate in the growth of Christ’s church. Will you join us in these vital baptist missions to the Balkans?

 

We'd love to talk with you about how God is leading you.

Opportunities

Assistant & Lunch/Recess Monitor

The Position Join the team at the Balkans S.T.E.A.M. School where you’ll minister to local children and their families through education. The Need The Balkans is ethnically diverse region with predominantly Muslim, Catholic and Orthodox beliefs. The land is rich with history, beauty and resources but the differences in religious beliefs have led to civil

Carpenters & Roofers

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Children and Camp Ministry

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Projects

Balkan Ministry Center and Apartment

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Balkans S.T.E.A.M. School (K-12)

Use Education To Transform A War-Torn Community For Christ This school was established to impact communities once devastated by war by developing the next generation of young people to become leaders that learn, live, and lead with excellence.…

Balkans S.T.E.A.M. School (K-12) | Operations

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Bulgaria Team Ministry

The ABWE Bulgaria team is dedicated to planting churches, as well as developing outreaches and ministries to Bulgarians. These funds will aid the ministries our team is involved in and will be used at the team’s discretion. …

Bulgaria Translation and Publishing

One of ABWE Team Bulgaria’s projects is the translation and publication of books in the Bulgarian language. The goal is to publish quality, foundational books that will help Bulgarian pastors and their congregations. Translation is an important part of the team’s larger goal of partnering with Bulgarians to strengthen existing churches and plant new ones.…