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- Stats for Congo
Top 25 Stats
Total Population- 71.2 M (19th); Total Christians- 62.5 M (9th); Total Evangelicals- 12.7 M (9th); Percent of Country Who Are Christians- 87.72% (21st); Gospel Visits to Non-Christians with Internet- 810.35% (8th); Gospel Visits to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 133.16% (21st); Gospel Decisions to Non-Christians with Internet- 106.13% (4th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 15.85% (19th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Bantu (80.2%); Sudanic 9.8%); Adamawa-Ubangi (4.3%); Nilotic (1.5%); Pygmy (1.5%).
French, Lingala/Bangala, Swahili, Tshiluba, Kikongo/Tuba
Minerals (especially diamonds), agriculture, and hydro-electric power are income sources. Wars have damaged infrastructure, and corruption is common. Most people live without electricity, plumbing, education, or healthcare.
History / Politics
Freedom from Belgium in 1960, but has had much corruption and low stability. Endured centuries of exploitation by Arab slave traders and Western colonialists. Belgian exploitation was considered worst of all colonies, with 10 million natives dying. Since 1960, nation has had 2 dictatorships, and foreign invasions by Uganda and Rwanda. More people have died during war here than in any other war since WWII. Rape, torture, and violence used by warlords to cause fear; There are 1.7 million war refugees. Forces withdrew in 2003 and free elections occurred in 2006, but conflicts continue. This country still needs an effective central government.
Many Christians in Belgium have confessed their sins and asked for forgiveness. The church has been the one institution to supply some education and compassion. Even with 90% of people professing Christianity, evil often has the upper hand. Christians need to come together, transcend tribalism, repent, and ask for forgiveness. Many conversions occurred in 20th century; Were 1.4% Christians in 1900; 90% in 2010. However, few Christians practice their faith, because of all the chaos. Nation needs evangelism, discipleship, education, healthcare, and national infrastructure.
Pray that many people continue to come to faith through GMO websites. Pray discipleship can help Christians turn this battle-weary and dark nation into a good one. Pray for continued repentance and forgiveness among all tribes and groups.