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 North 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.

Scripture Prayers for the Gorani in Serbia.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  
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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-02-16
People Name General Gorani
People Name in Country Gorani
Pronunciation go-RAH-nee
Population this Country 6,100
Population all Countries 58,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gorans
People ID 18765
ROP3 Code 114431
Country Serbia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Serbia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Serbian (6,100 speakers)
Language Code srp   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Serbian (6,100 speakers)
Language Code srp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Serbian

Primary Language:  Serbian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1564-1992)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1563-1997)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1804-2015)
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Serbian
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
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Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
96.00 %
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Aljabakphoto - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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