Area: 112,622 sq km
A long, narrow country wedged between Nigeria and Togo.
Population: 9,211,741 Annual Growth: 3.20%
Official language: French. Trade languages, Fon in south, Dendi in north Languages: 56 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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There is great freedom to minister and evangelize in Benin interaction with both animist and Islamic people groups can occur in an open environment. Thank God for the many opportunities to share the good news through both word and deed. Pray for this openness to continue and for churches and missions to make good use of it while it still exists.
Structures of sin such as people-smuggling and the black market (fayawo) are highly influential. Some 75% of economic activity is underground. This is deeply tied to Nigerian interests and makes Benin very vulnerable financially. Allegedly, tens of thousands of children are smuggled from Benin each year to work as child labourers, mostly to their eastern neighbours. They are often maltreated and abused. Pray for justice and righteousness to take root in Benin and for Nigerias influence to become a more positive and godly one.
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