Area: 267,667 sq km
Coastal, Central African state on the equator, two-thirds being dense tropical rainforest and 10% being nature reserves.
Population: 1,501,266 Annual Growth: 1.86%
Official language: French Languages: 43 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Muslim numbers continue to grow, initially by immigration of Hausa, Fulani and other West African Muslims, and more recently by conversions among Gabonese men. The former presidents conversion to Islam played a huge role in this, and his son/successor is likely to continue favouring Islamic evangelism, which often involves financial inducements. West African Muslim immigrants, who make up much of the merchant class, and the Arab influence in the oil industry have shaped the country. Despite plans to do so, the Church has not yet effectively started evangelizing Muslims.
The Catholic Church wielded great influence in the colonial era but has seen its power steadily wane since then. The majority of the population were baptized Catholic, but a large number still follow the old animist ways. The Catholic Churchs growth peaked decades ago, with steady losses in recent years to Islam, other churches and sects. Pray that the many nominal Christians may see and embrace the pure gospel. Some charismatic prayer cells are multiplying and growing.
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