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  1. A Visit to Montenegro

  2. Introduction • History • Geography • Economy • Religion

  3. Map of Montenegro • Size of Connecticut • Fertile valleys • Rugged Mountains • Deep ravines and canyons • Sandy beaches along coast

  4. Political Map

  5. Overview of Montenegro’s history • First wave of Slavs came in 6th century • Second wave arrived in 7th century • Slavs were pagan, but converted to Christianity • Fiercely independent for 1000 years • Never conquered by the Ottomans • Fought with Allies during WW I

  6. Old Kingdom of Montenegro • The Proclamation of the Kingdom in 1910 • Ottoman Turks finally leave the Balkan Peninsula, and Serbs unite

  7. Later History • Forced into Union of 6 countries to form Yugoslavia; communist rule • Union collapsed after death of Tito • Forced into uneasy union with Serbia and Kosovo under Milosevic • With fall of Milosevic, hopes for independence in 2 years

  8. Geography of Montenegro • On east side of Balkan Peninsula • Lovely beaches on Adriatic coast • High ranges of mountains • Industrial cities, including Niksic, behind first range of mountains • Sub-tropical climate along Adriatic coast • Cold winters, hot humid summers inland

  9. Adriatic Coast

  10. Budva, on the Adriatic

  11. Medieval Coastal Town

  12. Medieval Town of Kotor

  13. Town of Prkani

  14. Inland from the coast - the fertile Tara Valley

  15. Durmitor Mountains

  16. Rafting on the Tara

  17. Hot Summers, Cold Winters

  18. Economy • Since collapse of Yugoslavia, and ouster of Milosevic, many problems • Country has fertile land, and many natural resources; oil, gas, coal, copper, lead, zinc, nickel, gold, pyrite, chrome, hydropower - but • High unemployment • Rising prices • Poor work ethic (relic of communism) • Widespread stealing and other crime • Few markets for shoddy industrial production; lack of interest in farming • Hope that independence in 2 years will improve things

  19. Religion in Montenegro • Most people are Eastern Orthodox • Some Muslims, mostly Albanian immigrants • No real gospel witness there in last 1000 years • 3 church planting works now • Pray for this crack in the devil’s hold on Montenegro

  20. Orthodox Church

  21. Church built into the rock at Ostrog

  22. Orthodox Priests and Frescoe

  23. Orthodox Church converted to Mosque

  24. Podgorica - the Capital City(pronounced “Podgoreetza”)

  25. Niksic (pronounced Niksheech) Montenegro’s second- largest city • Niksic in the 1880’s, and now • Air pollution is still severe

  26. The Surbatovich Family Back Row,L-R Christian, Josiah James, Amy Joelle, Anna Marie Seated: Milijana, Vicki and Stan (Stanisa in Serbian)

  27. Stan’s parents moved from Montenegro to California before he was born, so he is an American citizen, but grew up speaking Serbian (the language of Yugoslavia.) He was converted in college, and became a chaplain in the Navy. He had a vision to go to Montenegro as a missionary, and his church sent them out in 1996.

  28. Prayer Requests • Helpers to come throughout the year • 2 have come this year to help • God’s work among young people in Niksic • Now running short of young people • Influence for 2 university teachers in the church • Pray for 3 new families • Blessings on Thursday night dinners • Anna Marie Surbatovich, at college in NJ • House-building: find faithful workers • Helper for Milan Djurisic to support his new work • Against spiritual darkness • Baptisms • Pray for at least one this year