Congo

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• Pray for a pure Gospel to be proclaimed that is devoid of syncretism and heresy.

 

• Pray for the Church to recapture the vision for evangelism of the entire country.

 

• Pray for an expansion of ministries that equip youth to decisively impact the nation for Christ.

 

 

SUMMARY

One of the most urbanized nations in Africa, the Republic of Congo is made up mostly of tropical rainforests (60%). It borders the Congo River and other nations, such as Gabon, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the equator passes through it. The nation was originally inhabited by the Kongo, Loango, and Teke people, forming the early Kongo Kingdom empire, before becoming a French protectorate in 1884. Congo gained its full independence in 1960 while maintaining economic and political ties with France. The Republic of Congo is a constitutional republic and the president is both the head of state and the head of government.

 

Once one of Africa’s largest petroleum producers, Congo now depends also on forestry and agriculture for their economy. The petroleum industry still provides the majority of government revenue (88.5% of export earnings). Political instability and violence during the civil wars have had a negative effect on the economy. The Congo River is a source of food, transportation, and electricity, and the Republic of Congo is the transportation and commercial hub of Central Africa.

 

Before Christianity was introduced to the nation, the people of Congo followed animist traditions. Today, the nation grants freedom of religion to its citizens, and roughly 90 percent of the population is Christian. Syncretism remains, though, and as many as 50 percent still incorporate animist practices into their faith. During the nation’s Marxist period, the younger generation was taught to reject religion, and churches have yet to counter that mindset instilled in the people over four decades ago. Unity among denominations is improving and all are working towards evangelizing the nation, but poverty and instability have hindered their mission. Revival and trained spiritual leaders are needed to restore the Church and instill strong values in the people. The youth, the nomadic people groups, and the forest dwellers remain the least reached with the Gospel.

If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.  - John 14:14

 

 

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Continent: Africa

Capital City: Brazzaville

Government: Republic

Population: 4,366,266

Major People Groups: 91.7% Bantu, 6.5% Adamawa-Ubangi, 1.3% Pygmy, .5% Other

Religion: 89.7% Christian, 5.2% Ethnic Religions, 2.8% Unreligious, 1.5% Muslim, .7% Other

Language: French, Lingala, Monokutuba

GDP Per Capita: $4,600

Literacy Rate: 83.8%

UNREACHED: 3.9%

Source: adorons l'eternel" muana na mpate" WWW.CASARHEMA.FR; casarhema

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