Belarus

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Belarus

Republic of Belarus

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Geography

Area: 207,600 sq km

Landlocked; fertile agricultural land with extensive forests on the North European plains. Surrounded by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Smallest of the three Slavic nations of the former USSR.

Population: 9,587,940    Annual Growth: -0.47%

Capital: Minsk

Urbanites: 74.3%

HDI Rank: 68 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 28 (18% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Belarusian and Russian; the latter is more widely used    Languages: 11 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians6,762,37470.530.4
Evangelicals122,5761.33.0

Challenges for Prayer

Belarus stumbled into an unexpected independence, yet it remains, in political structure and operation, a virtual throwback to the Communist era. Elections are largely a sham, and the nation remains firmly in Moscow’s sphere of influence. The prospects of a grassroots democratic revolution seem very slim. But growing numbers are opposed to the regime and vocally in favour of increased freedoms; change came unexpectedly and quickly to the USSR in 1991 and more recently to Ukraine and Georgia. Pray for hope, justice and a brighter future for the people of Belarus.

     For an additional 6 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 Belarus.