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Côte d’Ivoire

Republic of Côte d'Ivoire


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Area: 322,463 sq km

On the west African coast between Ghana and Liberia. Rainforest in the south and savannah/highlands in the north.

Population: 21,570,746    Annual Growth: 2.31%

Capital: Yamoussoukro

Urbanites: 50.1%

HDI Rank: 163 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 106 (32% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: French, used by a high proportion of the population. Jula is the most widespread indigenous language, used as a trade language in the north and Abidjan    Languages: 93 All languages


Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Christian literature. Pray for the bookstores and depots of various missions, including The Bible Society, Maison de la Bible, CLC, CDM and others. Pray for the inter-mission/church Evangelical Publication Centre (CPE) and other publishers, that they might find the means to print books locally at a suitable quality. Currently, many books are printed in Asia or elsewhere. Well-intentioned efforts by outside ministries to sell their literature at subsidized prices keep African authors from publishing more relevant Christian works – because they cannot compete with these lower-priced books. Also needing prayer: lack of qualified staff (especially French-speaking), financial pressures and lack of good distribution outlets and marketing strategies.

Bible translation is one of the most pressing and demanding ministries for Christian workers. A considerable number of national and expatriate workers are involved in 28 translation projects, many being among the superficially Christianized people of the south. SIL’s contribution is especially significant. Three OTs and six NTs were completed between 2000-2009, including the completion of the Jula Bible. Pray also for:

a) Distribution of Scripture. Pray for a wider distribution of Bibles and NTs already translated. Relative poverty and a negative attitude toward reading, especially in one’s tribal language rather than in French, are challenges that must be addressed.

b) Literacy projects are vital to make full use of translated Scripture. Pray for SIL, UBS, other missions and local churches endeavouring to bring the gift of reading to Ivoirians.

c) Audio Scriptures are even more important to the many peoples who are oral learners in this land. SIL is focusing on audio formats for Scripture, and GRN produces Scripture and Christian teaching in 65 of Côte d’Ivoire’s languages.

     For an additional 12 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 Côte d’Ivoire.