Croatia is the gateway to eastern Europe.

AFM has ministered to the Hrvati of Southern Croatia since 2019.

About the People

Most of the Hrvati population is Catholic. They make up 88% of the people, but only 15% attend mass. Less than 1% of Hrvati are SDA Christians, and with a population of 4.1 million, only 80 SDA churches are found in the northern part of Croatia and none in the southern region.

About the Project

Croatia is the gateway to eastern Europe, with most of the land used for farming and one-third covered in forestry. Croatia is known for its 1,185 islands along the Adriatic Coast. In 1991, it claimed its independence from Yugoslavia, but the effects of communism and years of war destroyed the economy and suppressed freedom of religious worship. The psychological and emotional scars of past wars and trauma remain. There is also growing economic insecurity, inadequate jobs to earn a living wage and a rising number of people living in poverty.

People Group Facts

  • Population: 4.1 million
  • Religion: Catholicism
  • Languages: Croatian

    Serving this Project

    • Rafael de Melo Lima Viana

      AFM-Brazil missionaries for 2020

    • Leandro Enrique Becerra de Oliveira

      AFM-Brazil missionaries for 2020.

    • Gabriel & Eileen Cardona

      Career Missionaries since 2022

    • Leandro & Haline Monteiro

      AFM-Brazil missionaries for 2019.

    Project Update

    Entered area in 2019

    • Churches — 1