Area: 323,878 sq km
A long, mountainous fjordindented land. One of the four Scandinavian countries. Also included are the Arctic dependencies of Jan Mayen and Svalbard (Spitzbergen) Islands 62,000 sq km.
Population: 4,855,315 Annual Growth: 0.93%
Official language: Norwegian (Bokmal and Nynorsk) Languages: 20 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Church planting is a real need in a society where church membership is high but actual belief and attendance are low. DAWN is catalytic in this respect, and many denominations are getting behind the vision; even missions traditionally focused on foreign fields see the need on the home front. Between 1996 and 2005, more than 250 new congregations were planted. The challenge is two-fold: to disciple the many nominal Christians and to reach the increasing numbers of non-Christians in Norway. Pray for many new groups of committed believers to be formed.
Young peoples ministry continues to be spearheaded by new charismatic youth movements, such as Jesus Revolution as well as the older IFES movement. The younger generation is much less committed to Christianity and more open to other ideas. Pray that these ministries would have a powerful and lasting impact on lives.
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 Norway.