Area: 154,530 sq km
Mountainous and agricultural in the north, Sahara desert in the south. The site of notable civilizations: Carthaginian, Berber Christian and Arab Islamic.
Population: 10,373,957 Annual Growth: 0.98%
Official language: Arabic. French widely used but declining as English increases Languages: 10 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Tunisia is one of the most progressive and open societies in the Arab world. However, the economic transformation is not as widespread as many feel it should be. The rapid change to a social, demographic and economic existence resembling Tunisias European neighbours (more than its African ones) is offset by the greater influences of Islam and a pan-Arab media in terms of Tunisias collective identity. Pray that the advancement of both materialism and the practice of Islam might actually serve to illuminate a deeper need in peoples hearts.
Change is evident after a century of missionary involvement that produced little fruit. Pray that continued intercession might break through the centuries-old barriers to the gospel. There are more open doors and opportunities to share than ever before. Pray for Christians, foreign and national, to take advantage of these opportunities. The necessity of learning Arabic is a barrier to many non-Tunisian Christians.
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