North Macedonia, a southeastern country in Europe, is a richly diverse and beautiful land, both in its landscapes and its people. This mountainous, landlocked country, surrounded by five neighbouring countries, is home to just over 2 million people. With much of its population claiming orthodox or Muslim beliefs, North Macedonia, like much of Europe, has a very small number of evangelical Christians. With a considerable amount of the population able to converse in English, it’s a perfect opportunity to house ministry for those not fluent in Macedonian or Albanian.
Using the English language in ministry has also been an excellent way of treading on neutral ground between the two main people groups – Albanians, who tend to be Muslim, and Macedonians, who tend to be orthodox. “People don’t feel like they’re being a traitor to their culture when [the church service] is English and international,” Rachelle Neal, GEM International’s Vice President of Europe says, mentioning that English isn’t typically used exclusively for either group. “English sometimes brings those barriers down and allows us to have those conversations a little more easily.”
Currently only a small group works in North Macedonia with GEM, allowing for plenty of opportunities for others to serve within this charming country. “We would love to grow this team,” Rachelle admits. “And because there have already been foundations built here in the areas of business, education, and the church, there are opportunities to walk in and impact those worlds.”
Will you pray with us, thanking God for what He’s already doing, and for further impacts to be made across North Macedonia?
...to read more and learn about how you can partner with us and support our ongoing efforts in North Macedonia, click the link in our bio and navigate to our blog post, “The Plentiful Opportunities for Ministry in North Macedonia.”