Area: 587,041 sq km
The world’s 4th largest island 1,600 km long in the Indian Ocean 600 km off the coast of Mozambique; a great degree of flora and fauna is unique to Madagascar.
Population: 20,146,442 Annual Growth: 2.72%
Official language: Malagasy, French and English (though not widely used) Languages: 20 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Discipleship and biblical training are the greatest needs of churches. For both the burgeoning but untrained newer churches and the frequently compromised/syncretized older ones, a knowledge of Gods Word and a biblical worldview are essential. Pray for:
a) Lay discipleship and instruction. There is little by way of structured training or teaching for ordinary believers. Pray for new grassroots movements that are accessible and relevant to all Christians and that can be multiplied and reproduced throughout the country.
b) Formal theological training is a great need, since most pastors are undertrained. There are more than 20 seminaries and Bible colleges run by every denomination of note, but the level of instruction and study resources (especially books) are limited. Bible Training Centers for Pastors (BTCP) runs a two-year training course. Some institutions are subject to theological compromise. Pray for the generation of resources to equip these places, and pray for more teachers with both academic and spiritual credentials.
Young people are the key to the future of this rapidly growing population. Among the many groups working with young people (from children to university students) are UGBM(IFES), CEF, SU, YFC and YWAM. Thousands are ministered to every week through various programmes, groups and camps. Cities are greatly impacted, but rural areas have been neglected. Pray for the further development of Sunday School and catechism programmes.
For an additional 8 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 Madagascar.