Area: 207,600 sq km
Landlocked; fertile agricultural land with extensive forests on the North European plains. Surrounded by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Smallest of the three Slavic nations of the former USSR.
Population: 9,587,940 Annual Growth: -0.47%
Official language: Belarusian and Russian; the latter is more widely used Languages: 11 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Belarus stumbled into an unexpected independence, yet it remains, in political structure and operation, a virtual throwback to the Communist era. Elections are largely a sham, and the nation remains firmly in Moscows sphere of influence. The prospects of a grassroots democratic revolution seem very slim. But growing numbers are opposed to the regime and vocally in favour of increased freedoms; change came unexpectedly and quickly to the USSR in 1991 and more recently to Ukraine and Georgia. Pray for hope, justice and a brighter future for the people of Belarus.
Christian help ministries for prayer:
The Bible Society (UBS) finds a widespread desire for the Bible and Childrens Bibles in both official languages. A Belarusian Bible completed in 2009, in collaboration with the Orthodox Church, is very popular.
Christian literature needs to be made more available. CLC has 16 outlets (three full-time), but more solid, evangelistic and teaching materials need to be translated into Belarusian and then distributed throughout the country.
TWR has a local base for programme production. It also broadcasts into the country in both major languages. FEBC and HCJB shortwave broadcasts are also available in Russian. Alpha Radio and BTMR (Baptist) broadcast locally as well.
For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Belarus.