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Republic of Benin


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Area: 112,622 sq km

A long, narrow country wedged between Nigeria and Togo.

Population: 9,211,741    Annual Growth: 3.20%

Capital: Porto-Novo

Urbanites: 42%

HDI Rank: 161 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 68 (18% unreached) All peoples
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Official language: French. Trade languages, Fon in south, Dendi in north    Languages: 56 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

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Answer to Prayer

There is great freedom to minister and evangelize in Benin – interaction with both animist and Islamic people groups can occur in an open environment. Thank God for the many opportunities to share the good news through both word and deed. Pray for this openness to continue and for churches and missions to make good use of it while it still exists.

Challenge for Prayer

Animism is a powerful force in Benin. Although Christianity is poised to numerically overtake ethnic religions in the near future, far too many Christians have a syncretized, compromised faith that sees them in church on Sunday and consulting the witch doctor during the week. Pray for a revival that purifies the Church and sees Christians honouring God alone. Pray also for many witch doctors to experience the power of Jesus and turn to Him.

     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 Benin.