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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Young people are the most open and responsive, yet not enough has been done to reach this key sector of the nation. The fragile politico-economic situation often causes the universities to be closed, disrupting student ministries. GBU(IFES) operates groups in the university in Niamey and works in high schools in two other cities. The Navigators and CCCI also have ministries, and SIM runs an evangelistic student centre near the University of Niamey. Pray for a deep and lasting impact through campus ministries.
Pray for the specialist Christian ministries in Niger, including:
a) Aid and development projects for one of the worlds poorest countries should ideally uplift and then empower the people. Samaritans Purse, Impacting Niger, World Vision, Lutheran World Relief and many others try to invest wisely into the lives of the people by providing for their needs. Pray that such ministry by Christians would demonstrate the love of God and make an eternal difference in the lives of those impacted.
b) Medical ministry is very effective in this deprived nation. SIM runs the Galmi hospital, and TLM runs the SIM-founded Danja hospital, which has the national referral centre for leprosy as well as an ophthalmic centre.
c) The many prostitutes in the capital are the focus of a significant outreach by CAPRO. The problem of prostitution in southern Niger intensifies as sharia law is enforced in northern Nigeria, but a lack of funds and personnel threatens this crucial ministry.
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.