Area: 1,186,408 sq km
Sahara desert in centre and north. Only the southwest and a narrow strip along the Nigerian border in the south are savannah grasslands.
Population: 15,891,482 Annual Growth: 3.94%
Official language: French. Language of wider communication is Hausa Languages: 21 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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The Alliance of Evangelical Churches and Missions of Niger (AMEEN) continues to develop as a united, visionary and cross-denominational organization.
Issues facing the church:
a) Many believers are isolated, often illiterate and rarely have systematic Bible teaching available. Pray for literacy programmes as well as oral methods of learning scriptural truths and becoming disciples. Pray for groups to form, even if only very small, for the sake of those who need fellowship with other Christians.
b) Unity is needed. Despite the small size of the Church, a number of denominations have split. Pray for greater unity, especially through the work of AMEEN.
c) Leadership training. The EERN and UPEEN denominations run two middle-level Bible schools. Also, SIM and its five church partners operate a higher-level Bible school (ESPRiT) in Niamey. Many small Bible training schools and modular/TEE schools are run by different denominations, such as Institute Biblique Baptist de Soir. Pray for effective ways to train more leaders and to further train those currently in pastoral work.
d) Educational needs provide an opportunity for Christians to make a huge difference in Niger. The government cannot afford to educate all children, so many especially girls receive no schooling at all. Agencies such as SIM, Tearfund and World Horizons, as well as denominations such as EERN, open and run schools that offer valuable education for primary-aged children and open doors for demonstrating the gospel. Pray for material and human resources to properly seize this opportunity.
For an additional 6 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 Niger.