Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso


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Area: 274,200 sq km

A landlocked country of the Sahel. Prone to drought and famine.

Population: 16,286,706    Annual Growth: 3.45%

Capital: Ouagadougou

Urbanites: 20.4%

HDI Rank: 177 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 79 (35% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

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

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Answer to Prayer

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.

Challenge for Prayer

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.

     For an additional 10 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Burkina Faso.