Area: 244,110 sq km
Two main islands: Britain and the northeast of Ireland. A union of four countries: England 103,400 sq km, Scotland 78,800 sq km, Wales 20,800 sq km, Northern Ireland 14,100 sq km. Also three small autonomous states that are dependencies of the British Crown: Isle of Man 588 sq km (in the Irish Sea); Channel Islands 194 sq km (Guernsey, Jersey).
Population: 62,129,818 Annual Growth: 0.54%
Official language: English; in Wales both English and Welsh. English is the primary language of 400 million in the world, as well as the major language of international communication for over 1.4 billion Languages: 15 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Evangelical Christianity is no longer growing. Without immigration of evangelicals (from Africa in particular), decline would be pronounced. The prominent challenges are:
a) To maintain and increase unity in fellowship and vision. The Evangelical Alliance does much to encourage this and gives credibility to evangelicals in national life. The EA represents 74 denominations and 725 agencies and is a focal point for its 1.5 million constituents.
b) The widespread loss of confidence and certainty in the veracity of the gospel, in the uniqueness of Jesus and in models for church life and outreach. These are simultaneous with increasingly assertive and confident atheism and Islam. Initiatives for reformation, renewal and national outreach have been attempted since the 1990s, but few have had significant or lasting impact. Christians need to learn why they can be confident in their own faith and the truth thereof.
c) Cynicism about the Churchs future and lack of spiritual ambition cripple enthusiasm for missions locally and overseas. Pray for restoration of vision and faith in Gods ability to change Britain once again.
For an additional 15 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 United Kingdom.