Area: 69,700 sq km
Black Sea state between the Caucasus Mountains and Turkey. Moderate climate with good natural resources and soil.
Population: 4,219,191 Annual Growth: -1.12%
Official language: Georgian Languages: 25 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Positive social, economic and political changes continue since 1991. Reduced corruption and democratic reform pave the way for a more peaceful future. Openness to spirituality and Christianity in particular has increased greatly. The former Department of Atheism at the national university is now a theological faculty, and legal changes make it easier for non-Orthodox faiths to operate more freely and with less threat of persecution. Christian groups of all expressions have experienced growth in this nation in recent decades.
Inter-ethnic conflicts of the past decade within the autonomous regions have displaced nearly a quarter of a million people from home and village. Many now live in camps or makeshift accommodation in and around the capital, Tbilisi. Humanitarian needs are great, with adequate food, water, heat in winter and medical supplies in high demand. Unemployment for these people is very high, and emotional and spiritual needs are vast. Pray for the effective witness of various church and agency personnel working among these struggling families; pray for provision of physical needs.
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