Croatia

ZagrebAmber and I had the opportunity to visit Croatia in April this year. We traveled all over the country and were able to speak to many Croatians about their country. It was really insightful and I will write more on some those conversations later but to give you a bit of understanding about this wonderful country here are some of the details we have discovered: For 50 years, Croatia was one of the six republics within the communist country of Yugoslavia. In the early 1990’s, the fall of communism lead to a brutal civil war that cost thousands of lives, displaced many people and devastated the economy. Though Croatia gained its independence and international recognition early on, the recovery has been slow. As a post-communist country, Croatia has reverted to its ethno-religious roots of Catholicism that date back to the eighth century. Most Croatians identify themselves as Roman Catholic although many would openly acknowledge their faith as nominal. The countryside is speckled with old stone churches, but most of them are empty and only cultural points of interest.

Out of 4.5 million people, less than 0.5% identify themselves as evangelical believers. The majority of those come from Baptist, Pentecostal and similar backgrounds. Both communist and Catholic environments have pressed the evangelical church to turn inward thus weakening its ability to lead spiritual transformation in the country.