Area: 274,200 sq km
A landlocked country of the Sahel. Prone to drought and famine.
Population: 16,286,706 Annual Growth: 3.45%
Official language: French, spoken by a minority of the population. Trade languages Moore (the Mossi language), Jula in south and west Languages: 70 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Give praise for the vibrant AoG family of churches, with a strong missionary vision and claims of over one million affiliates. A significant minority of these are converts from Muslim backgrounds.
The spirit world is very real in Burkina Faso, where, as the saying goes, the population is 50% Muslim, 20% Christian and 100% animist. The power of the occult has yet to be decisively challenged and broken in many peoples of Burkina Faso. Few countries in West Africa are more dominated by idolatry, fetishism and secret societies. Even in churches, occult power is wielded, hampering and polluting the message of Christ. The most strongly animist groups include the Lobi, Birifor and Dogosi peoples (WEC), Dagara (Canadian Pentecostals, AoG, WEC), Senufo and Bobo (CMA), Lyele (IMB), Karaboro and several smaller groups. Almost all live in the west and southwest of the country. Pray that the power of the risen Christ might be demonstrated for the saving of many.
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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 Burkina Faso.