Libya

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Libya

Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

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Geography

Area: 1,775,500 sq km

Mostly Saharan desert; only a coastal Mediterranean strip, 2% of its land area, is arable.

Population: 6,545,619    Annual Growth: 2.02%

Capital: Tripoli

Urbanites: 77.9%

HDI Rank: 55 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 40 (70% unreached) All peoples
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Official language: Arabic    Languages: 32 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians172,8042.642.8
Evangelicals19,6620.35.2
Muslim6,350,56097.02 

Answer to Prayer

The spiritual climate in Libya has changed significantly. God is doing a new work in this land (a response to the sustained and specific intercession of past years?). There is notable spiritual hunger among Libyans, but not enough Bibles for those seeking them. Increasing numbers of Libyans are coming to Christ (though still only a few), and expatriate Christians now enjoy greater spiritual liberty than in the past. Praise God for these developments and pray that they would continue.

Challenge for Prayer

Libya’s long isolation is ending. Sanctions have ended, foreign investment and trade are increasing and the government is becoming more moderate. Libyan nationals have distinguished themselves as gracious and friendly; pray that they might be open to the gospel as it is shared sensitively. Pray also for Libya’s future; its ruler will not live forever, and whoever succeeds him could shape the nation profoundly.

     For an additional 3 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Libya.