The Bosniak are from Bosnia and Herzegovina which were originally inhabited by the Illyrians. The region was eventually settled by the Slavs and the Ottomans. Under the Ottomans, the Bosniaks largely converted to Islam, but some held to their Catholic or Eastern Orthodox faiths. Today the country is split in half in terms of religion, making them a unique blend of eastern and western civilizations. They are also one of the least evangelized people groups in Europe. There are approximately 29,000 Bosniaks in Italy, most of whom are Muslim.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
In 1908, following the Azusa Street Revival, two Italian Americans brought the Pentecostal message to Italy: Giacomo Lombardi and Antonio Plasmati. Until 1959, Italy did not recognize Pentecostals as a religious organization. In 1946, the numbers of Pentecostals grew to 10,000 to 15,000 believers, and in 1947, the Italy Assemblies of God was officially organized. In 2012, it was recorded that Italy has approximately 1300 churches and 500,000 adherents.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The Bosniak can be found in 24 countries throughout Europe and North America, numbering over 2.8 million. Pray for missionaries and churches throughout Europe, that God would use them to reach the Bosniak.
To join in reaching Bosniaks in Italy visit Europe Missions.
Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray for the Assemblies of God in Italy as they work to share the gospel with Muslim people groups such as the Bosniak.
- Pray God gives wisdom and understanding to missionaries working to reach them.
- Pray for spiritual freedom when they hear and receive the gospel.
Interested in more opportunities? Visit the Wide Open website.