Area: 449,964 sq km
The largest of the Scandinavian countries, a land of mountains and forests. Only 10% of the land is cultivated.
Population: 9,293,026 Annual Growth: 0.49%
Official language: Swedish, with five official minority languages Languages: 30 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Theological training is a key prayer target. Theology and religious science are taught in 20 state universities and colleges. Many pastors are trained there, but these have been influenced by the humanism and liberalism of the prevalent university climate. There is now a slight shift back to more biblical Christian faith. The Johannelund Seminary is associated with the Swedish Evangelical Mission; many graduates become Lutheran pastors. There are also seminaries and Bible colleges run by InterAct, Swedish Mission Covenant Church/Baptist Union/Methodist Church, Word of Life, Pentecostals and the Swedish Alliance. There are also many short-term Bible courses offered by most denominations. Additionally, there are independent Bible schools that run mostly one-year courses. YWAM trains young people on their five bases in Sweden, and OM has also done much to motivate young people for evangelism and missionary service. Sweden desperately needs pastors, teachers and leaders who are well trained in the Word, culturally aware and not compromised by the prevalent mindset in Swedish society and the majority Church.
Missionary outreach from Sweden, traditionally strong, has declined markedly in recent years across several mission agencies. The Swedish Mission Council serves 36 organizations in coordinating and encouraging mission. A number of agencies and national churches (including World of Life and Light in the East) train workers for ministry among the unreached. The Institute of Bible Translation in Stockholm carries the vision of publishing the Bible in every non-Slavic language of Russia and the CIS; pray for its strategic work. Pray also for a new wave of missions vision and workers to come out of Sweden and out of Scandinavia generally.
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 Sweden.