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- Stats for Burundi
Top 25 Stats
Percent of Country Who Are Evangelicals- 21.27% (20th); Gospel Visits to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 123.09% (23rd); Gospel Decisions to Visits- 12.74% (24th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Christians with Internet- 42.87% (18th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 15.68% (20th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Hutu (83.6%); Tutsi (13.6%); Congolese/Lingala (1.5%); Twa Pygmies (1%); South Asian, European, Arab (0.2%).
Kirundi, French, and English
One of the world’s poorest economies; Has economic stability, but a lot of debt. Is still dependent on outside aid; Coffee and tea are its main exports.
History / Politics
Freedom from Belgium in 1962, but Tutsi have lorded over the Hutu for 400 years. Hundreds of thousands of lives were lost in 1993 genocide and ensuing 10-year civil war. Democratic elections in 2005 and 2010 have brought stability and better life for Hutus. During violence many sought refuge in Tanzania, and now 450,000 have returned home. Unrest and violence have increased in 2015-2016 over contested re-election of Nkurunziza.
The church has grown since the 1950’s, starting with revivals. Most Burundians recognize that only the church can bring true reconciliation and peace. Bible schools had to close during the violence, and almost all missionaries were expelled. New Christian workers and study materials are needed for the church to grow well.
Pray that the Lord would calm the current unrest and halt the violence. Pray for needs of the returning refugees who often have trouble finding basic services. Pray for orphanages and other needs connected to high AIDS rate and malnutrition.