Area: 357,042 sq km
Strategically placed in the centre of Europe and of the expanding EU.
Population: 82,056,775 Annual Growth: -0.09%
Official language: German. There are over 95 million German-speakers worldwide Languages: 69 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Missionary vision has never been outstanding, although German evangelicals have proportionately been solid missionary senders. The total number of Protestant missionaries has grown considerably in the last 30 years; this is due to the growth of evangelical missions which today makes up more than 90% of the total Protestant mission force while ecumenical missions reduced their sending of personnel. Pray for a further increase in mission-sending vision. Pray also for the Association of Evangelical Missions (AEM), with more than 90 members, representing 3,700 missionaries a catalytic and vital stimulant for training, promoting and sending missionaries. In 1998, the Association of Pentecostal and Charismatic Missions was formed; today it has 43 agencies and 400 missionaries. Both of these groups have grown significantly in recent years. Several unique missions are the DMG (German Missionary Fellowship) with 338 missionaries serving with 102 international missions and the Vereinigte Deutsche Missionshilfe (VDM) with 210 missionaries, but with no foreign fields of their own. Other significant German missions include Liebenzeller Mission, Christoffel-Blindenmission, OM, Wiedenest, Allianz-Mission, Christliche Fachkräfte Int, WBT, Diguna, WEC, Logos, Kontaktmission.
Ministry to young people is vital for a fading Church. The large majority of active Christians are over age 50, and only about 2% of the nations youth call upon Jesus as their Saviour. There is a new openness to Jesus as the spiritual immunization of quasi-Christianity fades. Pray for the following ministries:
a) Large-scale outreach events and programmes such as Christival, JesusHouse, TeenStreet and others give a sense of excitement and belonging to many young people, while imparting good teaching and exhortation. Hundreds of thousands in Germany and beyond are impacted.
b) Campus ministries. SMD(IFES) has about 70 groups in universities and 800 groups in secondary schools. CCCI/Agape with 120 staff is involved in a host of ministry activities. Navigators also ministers through university witness. These ministries reaching students are more crucial than ever.
c) Wort und Wissen is a significant ministry that prepares students for university life by giving them a good Christian foundation.
d) CEF(KEB) has 45 staff workers committed to childrens ministry. They have about 200 Good News Clubs, and they run an effective telephone ministry for children in many cities. They also offer a well-accepted correspondence course and a unique website for children. Scripture Union (BLB) also reaches out to children.
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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Germany.