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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Young people were denied ministry during the Marxist days, and in subsequent years, few churches developed ministries to children or youth. Religious meetings are still prohibited on university campuses. The student movement Groupe Biblique Universitaire et Scolaire du Congo (GBUSC) has three full-time staff and three volunteers who serve 120 students. GBUSC also runs mission camps and gives away large numbers of the Gospels to young people. Pray for a flowering of youth and childrens ministries in this nation where 41% of the population are under age 15.
Mission work thrived until 1968, when nearly all expatriates were expelled. Some returned in the 1990s, but the civil war further complicated full resumption of their work. There is great scope for Christian workers willing to help churches restart abandoned ministries, to address poverty, health and education issues and to once more tackle evangelization of all the country. The largest missions are the Swedish and Norwegian Mission Covenant Church, working with the Evangelical Church, CMA, Salvation Army, Global Outreach Mission and UWM. A small Congo missions vision is being re-launched, and there are now about 30 missionaries 10 serving in other lands.
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