Area: 274,200 sq km
A landlocked country of the Sahel. Prone to drought and famine.
Population: 16,286,706 Annual Growth: 3.45%
Official language: French, spoken by a minority of the population. Trade languages Moore (the Mossi language), Jula in south and west Languages: 70 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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The Church in general does not yet have a strong missions vision, in part due to issues of poverty and a dependence mentality. CAPRO, World Outreach, SIM (through the Sahel Missiological Institute) and others work to mobilize churches and provide cross-cultural training to those called. Pray that the Lord might stir a strong grassroots movement that places missions at the top of church agendas.
Christian aid and relief are largely coordinated by the Federation of Evangelical Churches and others, such as CREDO/Tearfund and Compassion. Much has been done to alleviate suffering and to stave off future disasters. Literacy centres enable a better future for many. Both mission and Christian leaders need wisdom in the area of administration especially in such a poor country with so many infrastructure needs and with the temptations in handling large amounts of aid and money. The long-term presence of aid workers lends much credibility to the Christian cause and creates in people the willingness to listen. Pray for the hearts of both Muslims and fetishists to be opened to Gods Word.
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