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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Poverty, political unrest and violent conflict combine to grind down the population of this land. There is some limited potential in untapped natural resources, but the opportunity for genuine progress and development seems distant. The influence of narcotics shipments has great potential to corrupt police, army and government figures, and enslave otherwise impoverished people. The short but strife-filled political history of Guinea-Bissau points to the need for stability, forgiveness and true peacemakers. Pray that God might raise up righteous leaders to lead their people.
a) Christian radio. A programme is broadcast every week on national radio. Pray for the producers to be able to improve its quality and for continued permission to broadcast. Pray for the new Christian radio station in the Bafata area; it broadcasts in several languages. Many towns have local radio stations, and most give time to local pastors for weekly programmes.
b) Audio resources, including cassettes, have great potential in a largely oral society. The Creole NT is available on cassette, and GRN has recordings in 28 languages and dialects. The Proclaimer and Megavoice are two solid-state audio players with Scripture and Bible storying. Pray that all these resources be used well.
c) The JESUS film, now available in 14 languages, is used widely in evangelism. Availability of the film in tribal languages is limited; praise God for the development of a DVD that includes tribal languages, Creole and Portuguese. Pray for its greater availability and for lasting fruit that yields notable church growth.
For an additional 4 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 Guinea-Bissau.