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Gorani in Serbia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,800 Serbian Islam 4.00 % 0.00 %   

Gorani in Serbia

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Introduction / History
The word Gora is the traditional term or the region. It means "Mountains" or "Highlands." In the Gora dialect, the "Mountain People" or "Highlanders" are known as Goranci.

Where are they located?
Gorani in Serbia are located between Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia. The majority live in several small communities in southern Kosovo, known as the Gora region.

What are their lives like?
The Gorani Muslims, speaking their own Serbian Torlakian dialect, are the smallest minority in Kosovo. The United Nations Mission in Kosovo (NUMIK) redrew internal boundaries in such a way that a Gorani-majority municipality no longer exists. The Gora region was combined with a neighboring Albanian-populated region, so there is now an Albanian majority where they live. The Gorani people have been the target of the Kosovo Liberation Army and Protection Force.

Gorani Serbians have a rich heritage of folk music, costumes and dancing. They are also known for their intricately woven fabrics.

What are their beliefs?
The Gorani Serbian people are almost all Sunni Muslims, but their traditions and customs are full of pagan elements.

What are their needs?
Serbian Gorani people need to see their critical need for their savior who loves them, and desires a personal relationship with them. They need to see past their world, and see that they have no acceptance with the creator of the universe, except on His terms, through His Son.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Holy Spirit of God will allow circumstances into the lives of these people that will point to their sinfulness, and their need for the savior.
* Pray that He will help them to see that their religion is not working.
* Pray for godly disciplers to live among the Serbian Gorani.
* Pray for encounters with Lord Jesus, and that all who obey Him will be courageous.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-02-16
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Country: Serbia
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
10/40 Window: No
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Gorani
People Name General: Gorani
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 114431
Joshua Project People ID: 18765
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 4,800
Population all Countries: 56,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Slav, Southern
People Name General: Gorani
Ethnic Code: CEW22a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Serbian (4,800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): srp    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam96.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1564-1992
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1804-2015
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Serbian
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Serbian Bible: Easy-to-Read Versi ...
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Gorani in Serbia

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People Cluster
    Slav, Southern     Europe, Eastern and Eurasia    
      Gorani Serbia    
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            Gorani in Serbia          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Serbian  
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