Area: 41,293 sq km
Mountainous land; 25.7% agriculturally unproductive. The Swiss Alps are one of the greatest tourist attractions in the world.
Population: 7,594,561 Annual Growth: 0.41%
Capital: Bern (admin); Lausanne (judical)
Official language: German, French, Italian, Romansh Languages: 26 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Continued Swiss commitment to world evangelization, despite the relatively small community of evangelicals, is a real blessing.
Stagnation and decline have sapped the Church. In the Catholic Church, lack of clergy is reaching crisis proportions, and the spreading liberal theology undermines the faith of many Catholic and Reformed congregations. Yet changes are afoot. Modest growth continues in Free churches, an active movement for renewal lives in Reformed churches and Catholics are returning to a more conservative and traditional faith. Pray that:
a) Men and women of God in leadership and in congregations may be used to bring renewal to the State Churches and revival to the entire Swiss nation.
b) The high level of unity in prayer and vision among evangelical leaders within the Evangelical Alliance and the Federation of Free Churches across denominations may be protected and grow in depth and witness.
c) Congregational outreach may increase through personal evangelism, home Bible studies and cell/house church planting. Pray that true believers in State and Free Churches may be more effectively motivated and activated for outreach.
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 Switzerland.