Both countries claim to be ‘Christian’; Hungary is predominantly Roman Catholic, and Serbia is strongly Eastern Orthodox.
Serbia has never experienced a significant Christian revival, but Hungary was strongly influenced by the Reformation of the 16th century, so much so that Debrecen in the NE of the country became known as the ‘Calvinist Rome’, that is, the centre of the Reformed faith in Hungary. The Debrecen Reformed Theological Seminary continues to offer both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in theology today.
Not unsurprisingly therefore, the number of evangelical believers in Hungary far exceeds that of Serbia. In a population of around 10 million, Hungarian believers number approximately 300,000.
Serbia has a population of around 9 million, but there are only an estimated 50,000 believers in that land. The great challenge in both countries is to maintain and ‘grow’ the faith in the face of the profound influence wielded by state churches.