Area: 241,551 sq km
Much of the land is fertile and well watered. The climate is temperate in the highlands. Long known as the "Pearl of Africa".
Population: 33,796,461 Annual Growth: 3.32%
Official language: English, Swahili Languages: 45 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The Lords Resistance Army (LRA) spreads terror and has committed countless atrocities, having evolved over 20 years into little better than an occult-powered militia group. Its predation displaced nearly two million people and has taken more than 120,000 lives. Pray for:
a) The dissolution of the LRA. Pray for the Lord to demonstrate His sovereignty in this desperate situation. Many remain in the LRA out of fear. Pray also for peace and for reconciliation in northern Uganda.
b) The 800,000 displaced people, forced to live in camps amid difficult conditions. The camps were perfect breeding grounds for AIDS, poverty, corruption and the breakdown of moral values. Pray for peaceful resettlement of the Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) in the north.
c) Children are the most vulnerable victims of this tragedy. Thousands were abducted for use as child soldiers or sex slaves. Tens of thousands, fearing abduction, journey every night from their villages to the safety of larger towns known globally as the Gulu walk. Pray for the preservation and protection of the innocent. Pray for the reintegration of former child soldiers into their families and communities, a huge task requiring a great degree of trust and reconciliation.
d) The many Christian NGOs and ministries working among the victims of this immense suffering. Many Ugandans are deeply scarred psychologically, maimed physically and in great need spiritually. World Vision, Tearfund, MedAir, MAF, Samaritans Purse and many other groups offer aid, shelter, counselling, education and vocational training as well as Bible studies and spiritual ministry.
The Church has seen both wonderful breakthroughs and immense obstacles:
a) Unity. There are numerous divisions in the Church, and the proliferation of independent and single-congregation denominations makes true unity a massive challenge. Pray for reconciliation and fellowship among Protestant and Catholic, charismatic and non-charismatic, denominational and independent.
b) Superficial Christianity. The majority of Ugandans identify themselves as Christian, but materialistic attitudes, polygamous practices and non-biblical worldviews all affecting lifestyle are common. For many, being Christian simply means not being Muslim. Pray for renewal that would turn nominal Christians into disciples.
c) Syncretistic practices and false teachings are multiplying even as the Church grows. The lack of biblical and Christian literature in local languages plays a part in this. The prosperity gospel is spreading rapidly. Many of the fastest growing groups have the fewest ordained pastors, the lowest training standards and the fewest accountability structures. The National Fellowship of Born Again Churches plays a crucial role in this area. The Africa Centre for Apologetics Research works to address the challenge of syncretism and cults. Pray that the Holy Spirit might lead Christians into all truth and that all falsehood might be cast aside.
d) Training leaders for the Church. Solid biblical formation for pastors is a key issue training that is affordable, relevant and empowering. There are numerous Pentecostal Bible schools and a Baptist Seminary. YWAM provides short-term training, and Uganda Christian University serves strategically to educate professionals using a Christian worldview. Pray for the preparation of spiritual, godly leaders.
For an additional 7 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 Uganda.