Area: 342,000 sq km
West of Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo-Zaire), with which it is often confused. Around 60% of the country is covered with tropical rainforest, which is declining from deforestation. Grasslands and bush in the central and southwest, forest in the north.
Population: 3,758,678 Annual Growth: 1.93%
Official language: French. Trade languages Lingala, Munukutuba (Kongo Creole) Languages: 66 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Pray for the less reached. The great harvest of the 1920s-1960s did not reach all areas. Many of the central and northern areas are thinly populated and little evangelized. More research is needed, especially after the upheaval and lost inertia of the 1990s.
a) Parts of the large group of Teke peoples in the centre and north are unreached. CMA focuses on reaching the Teke.
b) The Pygmy tribes are semi-nomadic jungle groups and the original inhabitants of the region. They are difficult to reach. Their numbers are unknown and could be anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000. The Bayaka are the largest group and account for half of this total. UWM and several Congolese national church associations work with the Bayaka in Congo. ACATBA/SILs work in the CAR needs to be adapted for the Yaka dialects spoken in Congo.
c) Other peoples are believed to be unreached, but there is little information to clarify this. Some of the least evangelized groups include Muslim traders living in urban centres and Europeans living and working in Congo. In addition to the Bayaka, the Baka, Twa and Bongo peoples are also in need of sensitive and appropriate ministry.
a) Bible translation is an ongoing challenge. The Bible is available in nine languages. Six more languages have a NT and another 10 have some portions completed. There are 13 active translation projects. The completion of the NT in Kituba was a significant milestone; pray for its widespread use and for the completion of the OT translation. SIL has significant input and seeks to involve and train many more Congolese in Bible translation. Pray also that churches might catch the vision for mother-tongue Scripture use.
b) The JESUS film is available in 12 languages.
c) Radio. A CMA station recently launched in the coastal city of Pointe-Noire. This supplements the shortwave and local Christian radio available, until now, only in Brazzaville. Online radio and other resources, mainly in French, are abundant for the few who have reliable Internet access.
For an additional 11 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 Congo.