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Pray for Northern Ireland

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  1. Pray for Christ's healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation in a battle weary land.
  2. Pray for repentance of legalism and self-righteousness in the Church.
  3. Pray for God's peace to reign as people surrender to Jesus.

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About Northern Ireland

From the unique volcanic pillars of The Giant’s Causeway to the sparkling waters of Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland stands as a nation of great beauty that belies its conflicted past. After Saint Patrick first brought Christianity to Ireland in the 400’s, the island enjoyed centuries of Christian heritage. As Britain gained influence, and more and more English and Scots settled in northeastern Ireland, tensions grew between the largely Catholic Irish and largely protestant settlers. When the Republic of Ireland gained independence in 1922, the six counties of Northern Ireland remained as a province of the United Kingdom. For 30 years, Northern Ireland was scarred by a period of deadly sectarian violence known as “the Troubles” and thousands of lives were lost. Today, segregation continues to a lesser degree, with separate communities and schools dividing the land.

Once home to one of the largest shipbuilders in the world, employing over 35,000 workers, Northern Ireland’s economy suffered greatly during the decades of unrest. Almost one-third of the workforce is now in the public sector, and government spending in Northern Ireland is higher per capita than any other part of the United Kingdom. After nearly two decades of peace, a Catholic middle-class is growing as a result of laws against discrimination, and Northern Ireland is transitioning to a post-industrial economy.

As in much of the West, Northern Ireland is increasingly gripped by materialism and hedonism. The number of those claiming to be non-religious rises while church attendance is in decline. Yet the area around Belfast has one of the highest concentrations of evangelical churches in the world. The Church continues to carry a heavy burden for overseas missions, out pacing the rest of the UK in its generosity. Mistrust and resentment still hinder reconciliation and the spread of the Gospel in Northern Ireland, and there is great need for repentance and forgiveness for past transgressions and crimes. While long used as an example of religion’s destructive influence, Northern Ireland, by the power of the Holy Spirit, can be a testament to the world of God’s power to restore and heal.

Population

5,233,461

Population In Unreached People Groups

29.7%

Population

5,233,461

Major People Groups
  • Irish
  • Other White
  • Asian
  • Unspecified
  • Other
  • Black
  • Irish Travelers
Population In Unreached People Groups

29.7%

Religion
  • Roman Catholic
  • None
  • Unspecified
  • Protestant
  • Orthodox
  • Muslim
  • Other
  • Other Christian
  • Agnostic/atheist

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  • Capital City

    Dublin

  • Government

    Parliamentary Republic

  • Language

    English, Irish

  • GDP Per Capita

    $112,400

  • Literacy Rate

    NA

Data sources.

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