Serbians of North America have emigrated from the
nation of Serbia to Canada and the United States. There are around 90,000
Serbians in Canada. City-specific population numbers for Serbians in Canada
have not been found, however, evidence suggests pockets in Winnipeg, Toronto,
Edmonton, Ottawa, and Calgary. In the United States, there are over 13,000 Serbian-speakers
in the city of Chicago.
IS THEIR HERITAGE?
of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes came into existence in 1918, and its name was
changed to Yugoslavia in 1929. Post World War II Yugoslavia was governed by the
communists, and Serbia became a Federal unit of the Socialist Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia. The 1990s saw the break-up of Yugoslavia, and a time of war,
political turmoil, and conflict followed for the people of Serbia. In 2006, the
people of Montenegro ended their union with Serbia, and Serbia once again
became a separate nation.
ARE THEIR BELIEFS?
on the 2002 census, there were over six million residents who claimed Serbian
ancestry, and they are overwhelmingly linked to the Serbian Orthodox Church.
This national identity with the Serbian Orthodox Church has been in place at
least since the early 19th century. Over 85% of Serbians claim to be
Orthodox Christian, while nearly 6% claim to be Catholic.
ARE THEIR NEEDS?
need to be heard on the issues that have shaped their nation in recent years.
There are strong feelings especially toward NATO nations who participated in
the military intervention into the conflict between Serbia and Kosovo in the
late 1990s. Many Serbian’s view this action as intrusive and illegal. In
economic and other ways, the nation is still recovering from the toll this conflict
has taken on its infrastructure and economy.
IS KEEPING THE GOSPEL FROM THEM?
lack of a gospel witness among them.
national identity with the Orthodox Christian Church.
and language barriers.
CAN WE PRAY?
for leaders to emerge who will take the gospel to them.
for healing of emotional wounds brought on by the turmoil in their homeland.
CAN MY CHURCH DO?
a prayer strategy for unreached Serbs in North America.
to discover populations of Serbians nearby.
out with acts of kindness and build relationships with Serbians.