Area: 322,463 sq km
On the west African coast between Ghana and Liberia. Rainforest in the south and savannah/highlands in the north.
Population: 21,570,746 Annual Growth: 2.31%
Official language: French, used by a high proportion of the population. Jula is the most widespread indigenous language, used as a trade language in the north and Abidjan Languages: 93 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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The country has been essentially divided between Muslim north and multi-faith but predominantly Christian south. Although peace is established and the nation is moving forward, the loss of life, of infrastructure and of confidence in Côte dIvoires fundamental unity will leave scars on the nations psyche. Pray for political leaders who are visionary, non-partisan, free of corruption and able to boldly take the nation forward and past this unfortunate episode in Côte dIvoires history. Pray also for a satisfactory solution to the remaining challenge how to handle the millions of immigrants from neighbouring countries, a problem at the core of the conflict of 2002-2007.
a) Publishing and literature took a serious blow in the civil conflicts, as stocks were looted, buildings damaged, foreign partners fled the country and economic upheaval decimated business. United Bible Society, CLC, CPE (Evangelical Publication Centre) and Maison de la Bible were all affected. Pray for these ministries to be restored to the functionality and influence they had before the war. Pray also for the impact of the Africa Bible Commentary (Langham) and the SIM Pastors Booksets projects.
b) Radio. Radio Fréquence Vie broadcasts in French and Jula. SIMs plan is to eventually turn it over to the national Church. Five other cities have relay stations to further broadcast the programmes in French, Jula, Baule, Abidji, Bété, Senufo, Mahouka and other languages. Methodists also recently started their own station. The Evangelical Radio Association in Côte dIvoire represents several stations, as Christians seek to utilize this most popular form of media. TWR and others produce radio programmes in studios in Abidjan, which are broadcast throughout West Africa and to the whole world. Much radio ministry is funded by private donors, since churches have been slow on the uptake to support this strategic ministry.
c) PEMA, the film studio for the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, based in Abidjan, produces culturally relevant programmes on video for transmission by national television stations across West Africa. Topics such as HIV/AIDS, family life and other relevant social issues get a sound biblical treatment in these programmes.
d) The JESUS film is in use in 12 languages, with another two dubbing projects underway. Praise God for the completion of the film in Jula.
e) Christian music writing and recording continues to be influential in Côte dIvoire and indeed from here to the rest of West Africa. Many quality albums and songs have been recorded and produced here. Pray that the messages of the songs remain biblically sound and that the lifestyle of the artists reflects the message.
For an additional 12 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 Côte d’Ivoire.