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Congo

Republic of Congo [Brazzaville]

Africa

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Geography

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%

Capital: Brazzaville

Urbanites: 62.1%

HDI Rank: 136 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 77 (4% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: French. Trade languages Lingala, Munukutuba (Kongo Creole)    Languages: 66 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians3,372,28689.721.9
Evangelicals598,23415.92.4

Challenges for Prayer

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 children’s 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.

     For an additional 11 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 Congo.