Dec 05: United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales

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United Kingdom

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Geography

Area: 244,110 sq km

Two main islands: Britain and the northeast of Ireland. A union of four countries: England 103,400 sq km, Scotland 78,800 sq km, Wales 20,800 sq km, Northern Ireland 14,100 sq km. Also three small autonomous states that are dependencies of the British Crown: Isle of Man 588 sq km (in the Irish Sea); Channel Islands 194 sq km (Guernsey, Jersey).

Population: 62,129,818    Annual Growth: 0.54%

Capital: London

Urbanites: 90.1%

HDI Rank: 21 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 105 (28% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: English; in Wales both English and Welsh. English is the primary language of 400 million in the world, as well as the major language of international communication for over 1.4 billion    Languages: 15 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians37,066,64959.66-0.8
Evangelicals5,490,1308.80.0

Challenge for Prayer

Britain’s contribution to world evangelization and the Protestant missions movement in the last 220 years is unique, but interest is waning as the Church weakens. Fewer than one in six Protestant churches has missionaries serving on the field. Widespread misconceptions are that the job is largely completed or that efforts should be concentrated on Britain’s needs. Pray these for the Church:

a) A strengthened conviction that all peoples need to hear the saving story of Jesus and enjoy the transformation only the gospel can bring. When churches lose the belief that souls can be lost for eternity, mission and evangelism suffer.

b) A renewed commitment by local congregations to participate in world evangelization, to pray out their members to areas of greatest need and to adequately care for those who go.

c) An increase in recruitment for missions; pray that the growth in short-term involvement may lead to increased long-term mission commitment and support.

d) The coordinating role of Global Connections (EMA) in promoting vision and cooperation among mission agencies and in local churches for world evangelization.

     For an additional 16 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of United Kingdom.


Scotland

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Geography

Area: 78,800 sq km

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Challenge for Prayer

Revivals in past centuries, localized revivals of the northeast coast in 1925 and Lewis in the Hebrides in the 1950s – as well as notable missionaries such as David Livingstone, Robert Moffatt, Mary Slessor and Eric Liddell – brought blessing to Scotland and the world. May new revivals and a new wave of God’s servants make a great impact on this land; 27.5% of Scots claimed no religion in the last census.

     For an additional 3 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Scotland.


Wales

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Geography

Area: 20,800 sq km

Peoples

Religion

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Challenge for Prayer

Wales struggles to preserve its own language and culture. About 22% of the population speak Welsh, and Welsh-language education is flourishing. With ageing congregations, however, the decline in Welsh-speaking churches is dramatic. Pray that the Holy Spirit might breathe upon the Welsh culture and revive congregations to again be a blessing to the world.

     For an additional 2 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 Wales.