Area: 622,436 sq km
A landlocked state in Africa’s geographical centre. Variation from tropical forest in the southwest to semi-desert in the northeast.
Population: 4,505,945 Annual Growth: 1.90%
Official language: French and Sango (trade language used by most of the population Languages: 82 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Leadership development is increasingly important, but not all denominations truly make it a priority. Much is happening, but it is only a fraction of what needs to be accomplished to train pastors and disciple believers. Pray for the following:
a) About 15 Bible schools lack of staff, students, funds and resources means that some are Bible schools only in name. Foreign-developed curriculum and emphasis on paper qualification hamper the ability to train pastors equipped to deal with CARs unique challenges. Pray for a release of funds; many are eager to study and only a lack of resources holds them back.
b) The Bangui Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (FATEB). This was the first evangelical theological seminary for French-speaking Africa. There are many qualified candidates seeking scholarships; pray for financial provision for students, staff and the school itself. Pray also for this institution and its spiritual impact throughout Africa. Grace Brethren, Baptist Mid-Mission and UFEB all have seminaries.
c) TEE has great potential, but poor infrastructure (roads, mail and such) limits its impact. Pray for creative solutions that will provide theological education to those seeking to go deeper in their study.
d) Women in ministry, a long-neglected area, now receives the attention it deserves. Christian Womens Union, Womens Aglow and PAFEC are all making inroads into releasing more women into ministry.
Young people and children. Almost half of the population are under the age of 15. A wide-ranging vision for this ministry is crucial, but too few churches have the vision, structures and workers to disciple the upcoming generation. Faithful teachers who will mentor the younger generation are needed. Pray for:
a) Childrens ministry. CEF, SU, Adonai Heritage and others vitally impact kids. There is freedom to minister in schools; pray that this will be fully utilized. Other faiths actively entice young people via scholarships and grants as well as the temptations of magic.
b) Secondary students are responsive to the Gospel of Hope as the economic and political upheavals seem to offer only despair and disillusionment. Pray for the activities of UJC(IFES), Jeunesse en Action and YWAM; these ministries are present in almost every secondary and tertiary institution in the country.
c) The establishment of primary schools, in this case, church-run schools, is a transformational ministry that is much needed, yet much neglected. Pray that such schools might reflect and instill a Christian character as well as preparing young people for the challenges of their future.
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