Area: 92,389 sq km
occupying 15% of the Iberian Peninsula, which is shared with Spain. Also, the Atlantic islands of the Azores (2,247 sq km, nine islands) and Madeira (794 sq km, two islands).
Population: 10,732,357 Annual Growth: 0.35%
Official language: Portuguese Languages: 9 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Expatriate missions find Portugal a difficult but promising field. Growth is hard-won but steady; much comes not from ethnic Portuguese but from immigrant groups. Quality workers are still very much needed for evangelism, church planting, Bible training and music. A wide array of expatriate agencies work in Portugal. Brazilians represent a particularly large portion of expatriate missionaries and agencies; pray for them to be sensitive to the unique culture of Portugal.
Christian media ministries:
a) The Bible Society has a growing national and international ministry in producing and distributing Bibles and Bible portions. In a nominally Christian country, the potential of this ministry is huge.
b) Núcleo has a vital coordinating ministry for the body of Christ in research, publishing, printing tracts and distributing cassettes and films.
c) Ten Christian bookstores, one run by CLC.
d) CEDO, a gospel broadsheet ministry of WEC, sends out 140,000 copies in Portuguese four times a year to 60 countries around the world.
e) Christian radio is widely used. Local FM and medium-wave stations are used by various denominations and agencies to broadcast 35 hours/week, half of which is in Portuguese. The Evangelical Alliance produces two TV programmes weekly. The Catholics have a TV station.
f) The Internet is an area for evangelistic ministry that needs to be taken up by Christians having the right skills.
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 Portugal.