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French Republic


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Area: 543,965 sq km

The largest country in Western Europe.

Population: 62,636,580    Annual Growth: 0.53%

Capital: Paris

Urbanites: 77.8%

HDI Rank: 8 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 101 (33% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: French. Regional languages in decline. French is the first language of 136 million people worldwide    Languages: 62 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

French evangelicals have sent out around 400 missionaries, about half of those to other lands. General missions interest in Protestant churches is low and support small. The largest agencies are YWAM, AoG, WEC, SIM, OM. Pray for French churches to see beyond the significant challenges in their own country and gain a vision for world evangelization. Pray also for the impact of the French edition of Operation World, entitled Flashes sur le Monde.

Mission agencies, both French and foreign, play a vital role in evangelism and church planting. There are not enough full-time French Christian workers to begin to meet the need. Adapting to French culture and communicating the gospel in this context are difficult. Foreign cultural baggage must be left behind, and authentically French forms of witness and fellowship adopted. Fruit is hard-won, discouragements many and the missionary dropout-rate high. Larger mission agencies working in France include France Mission Trust, CB/CMML/EoS, Baptists, ECM, AWM, WT, TEAM, CW, GEM, AV, WEC, WH, OM, others. Pray for good identification with French culture, perseverance, effectiveness, adequate provision of financial support and spiritual power.

     For an additional 12 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 France.