Area: 1,186,408 sq km
Sahara desert in centre and north. Only the southwest and a narrow strip along the Nigerian border in the south are savannah grasslands.
Population: 15,891,482 Annual Growth: 3.94%
Official language: French. Language of wider communication is Hausa Languages: 21 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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The establishment of groups of believers among most of the peoples of Niger, including the Wodaabe/Bororo, Manga Kanuri, Zarma, Tuareg/Tamacheq, Songhai and others.
Christianity is growing, but more slowly than the population overall; the same applies for evangelicals, who remain a tiny minority. People are coming into the Kingdom in a trickle; pray for the trickle to turn into a torrent. Positively, many previously unreached people groups now have their first believers, and pastors, who converted from Islam themselves, lead the majority of congregations. But social and cultural pressure to remain in or revert to Islam prevents many, who would otherwise do so, from following Christ. Pray for a critical mass of open, practicing Christians that begins larger people movements to Christ.
For an additional 6 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 Niger.