Balkans

  • Pre-Entry
  • Pre-Evangelism
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Phase-Out
  • Completed

About the People

The Balkan people are a majority people group whose ancestors converted to Islam in the fifteenth century when the Ottoman Turks conquered much of the Balkans.

The majority of the people group practices Sunni Islam, but there is a large population of Shi’ite Muslims as well as smaller Sufi and Bektashi minorities.

The Balkan people experienced genocide in the 1990s when thousands of them were killed and many thousands more driven from their homelands. Despite their painful past, Balkans are generally a strong, proud, fiercely loyal and honorable people.

About the Project

Balkans are one of the few Islamic people groups in the world that have a favorable view of Americans. This makes them an ideal group for American missionaries to reach with the Gospel. Ideally, the Balkans could become a gateway through which the message of Jesus Christ reaches the rest of the Muslim world.

Islamic groups from the Arab world are sending missionaries to the Balkans to try to convert them from their traditional moderate Islam to more fundamental Wahhabism.

The Balkan people need to know that hope and healing can only be found in the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

People-Group Facts

  • Religion: Islam
  • Language: Undisclosed

Frontier Stories

No Coincidence

Last month, I shared the story of two Muslim brothers from a village not far from where God has called us to serve, and the amazing dreams God gave to Osman about Jesus the Savior.

By: Sara Basha
May 01 2014, 11:56 am | Comments 0

Dreams and Visions

Why should we be surprised at the remarkable providence of God?

By: Sara Basha
April 01 2014, 10:03 am | Comments 0

In One Year

What difference can a year make?

By: Sara Basha
March 01 2014, 10:57 am | Comments 0

Lifesaving Education

“God help me!” I whispered the words over and over as I swept baby Juli up into my arms and put my fingers into her mouth searching for whatever was keeping her from breathing. 

By: Sara Basha
February 01 2014, 11:38 am | Comments 0

Who is God?

“Teacher, who is Jesus?” Tshilaba’s big brown eyes peeked quizzically through her matted braids woven with scraps of brightly colored cloth.

By: Sara Basha
January 01 2014, 9:49 am | Comments 0

First Connection

“Where are you from? You speak the language very well, but you have an interesting accent.”

By: Sara Basha
December 01 2013, 10:31 am | Comments 0

Introducing Viktor and Sara Basha

God has called us to return “home” to the mission field.

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November 01 2013, 10:44 am | Comments 0

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