Area: 36,125 sq km
Coastal state wedged between Senegal and Guinea, including the Bijagos archipelago.
Population: 1,647,380 Annual Growth: 2.27%
Official language: Portuguese. National language Portuguese Creole, spoken by as much as half the population Languages: 25 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Praise the Lord for continued receptivity to the gospel and for religious freedom, a contrast to many other countries in the region. Evangelicals assisted with humanitarian needs during the civil war and worked with Catholics and Muslims in the political reconciliation efforts. The Evangelical Church of Guinea-Bissau is therefore viewed with a good deal of respect by the government and has garnered freedom to operate as a result. Pray that the Church might continue to lead in showing practical love and compassion and in encouraging peace and reconciliation.
Church leadership is solid, mature and indigenous, with increasingly well-organized training programmes for general discipleship and for pastoral training. The Bible Institute of the Evangelical Church is key to this process, with evening Bible classes and sponsorship of promising pastors to study in Brazil. But poorer and more remote rural congregations are much less appealing to workers and are therefore neglected. Those who do minister rurally must often care for several congregations at once. Pray for the vision of the evangelical Church to be fulfilled, and for trained, passionate national workers to go to the remote and unreached parts of Guinea-Bissau and to the entire region.
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