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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The first major Protestant denomination was the fruit of French missionary work. But the legacy of liberal theology is a stagnant, nominal, daughter Church, with leadership more concerned with social issues than with evangelism. Ask Gods Spirit to revive this Church and make it again a force for evangelism.
The evangelical Church sees encouraging progress but faces challenges on many levels:
a) The need remains for solid, indigenous church leaders. Prosperity teaching and spurious philosophy potentially plague Gabon as much as any other African country. Gabonese Christians require teaching and pastoring in order to mature, but the first step is to train national pastors and leaders for this. Opportunities for trainers and openings for students exist in the five Bible schools in Libreville.
b) Evangelical churches are committed to evangelizing the whole country. The vision is that by 2025 evangelicals will be 20% of the countrys population, and every Gabonese person will have had the chance to hear the gospel. The CMA-planted churches have a World Missions Centre and a Prayer Chapel for the nations and are beginning to send workers to other countries. Bethany churches have been sending missionaries for years. Pray for all evangelical churches to catch the same vision that the leaders share.
c) Prosperity teaching is a foreign element that has made rapid inroads into the Gabonese Church. In a poverty-stricken country, such promises of health and wealth are met with great hope, but generally only the pastor sees any prosperity. Pray for responsible teaching that gives Gabonese believers true hope and enables them to find responsible and biblical ways out of poverty.
d) Missionary sending is a new concept for Gabonese churches, but is beginning to grow. The Gabonese CMA has sent and is supporting three families as foreign missionaries to other African countries. Pray that these firstfruits of sending might herald a greater harvest.
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 Gabon.