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Austria

Republic of Austria

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Geography

Area: 83,855 sq km

Landlocked. The Alps in the south and west; flat plains along the Danube River in the east.

Population: 8,387,491    Annual Growth: 0.37%

Capital: Vienna

Urbanites: 67.6%

HDI Rank: 14 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 47 (15% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: German    Languages: 20 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians6,925,55182.57-0.4
Evangelicals40,5240.52.1

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Challenges for Prayer

Austria needs more full-time workers. It is possible that more Austrians are serving God outside Austria than inside it. Major foreign agencies: OM, International Teams, WV, DMG, CEF, Missionhaus Bibelschule. The majority of evangelical churches were planted through the ministry of these Kingdom workers and are often still dependent on their leadership. A traditionally slow and difficult field, Austria is showing signs of accelerating response to the gospel. Pray for the Lord of the harvest to send more workers, both Austrians and foreign missionaries, to this needy field.

Foreign migrants and refugees have flooded into Austria since WWII – fleeing Communism up until 1990, then the Balkan strife, and now increasingly hailing from Asia. Pray that Austrian believers may demonstrate compassion to these strangers in their midst as the Bible commands. The gospel is being shared through Bible Society material and ministries such as Oasis Christian Centre. Pray for fruitfulness.

a) The six ethnic groups of the former Yugoslavia. There are several evangelical congregations, but these peoples are some of the least reached of Europe.

b) Muslim Turks, Afghans, Kurds, Pakistanis. Unabated immigration, high birthrates and poor integration stoke the fires of xenophobia from the far right.

     For an additional 8 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 Austria.