Area: 28,051 sq km
A small enclave, Rio Muni, on the African mainland and several islands in the Gulf of Guinea, including Bioko (2,000 sq km) and Pegalu (Annobon, 10 sq km).
Population: 693,385 Annual Growth: 2.64%
Official language: Spanish; French Languages: 14 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The unusual politico-economic situation of Equatorial Guinea betrays a massive gap between the haves and have-nots. Pray for the following issues:
a) Economic justice. Millions of dollars of oil money enrich a minority, as Western oil companies happily collude with a regime possessing a less-than-stellar human rights record in order to obtain their own profits. Spending on infrastructure (especially in the capital) is increasing, but very little trickles down to the masses. A battle with corruption and an historic governmental unfamiliarity with how to steward such wealth mean prayer for wisdom is needed.
b) The oil boom brings in foreigners, most drawn by wealth, and includes an influx of evangelical Christians and Muslims. Pray that foreign companies might do business in a way that benefits the local people. Pray that expat believers might be moved to engage with the spiritual and physical needs of the nation.
c) Political freedoms. In over 30 years, the country has had only two rulers. Opposition parties do not have the freedom to operate that a multiparty democracy should offer. Freedom of the press is limited. Some progress is being made, however.
The Bible Society and AoG distribute Scriptures, but importing and distributing networks are a challenge. Seven indigenous languages have Scriptures. However, most of these translations are archaic. The Fang NT is being translated by Outreach International/Associacion Cristiana de Traducciones Biblicas; pray for its completion. CLC runs a bookshop in Bata, and there are numerous audio and video resources in Fang and other languages.
For an additional 5 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Equatorial Guinea.