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- Stats for Congo
Top 25 Stats
Gospel Visits to Non-Christians with Internet- 1737.72% (3rd); Gospel Visits to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 148.74% (19th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Christians with Internet- 52.50% (13th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 16.38% (18th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Kituba (18.8%); Kongo (16.7%); Teke (12.7%); Yombe (11.5%); Adamawa-Ubangi (6.5%); Pymy (1.3%).
French, Lingala, Munukutuba (Kongo creole)
Agriculture, oil and mineral deposits, and rainforests are the main sources of income. Growth hindrances include poor transportation and the slow movement away from socialism. Chaotic conditions and war have interfered with the economy, so poverty remains high.
History / Politics
Freedom occurred in 1960 from France, but corruption is high and stability moderate. Had Marxist government until 1992, then civil war until 1999 with about 300,000 displaced. Now nation has a constitutional republic, but with the same leader in power.
The church needs to be cleansed of false beliefs, and filled with God’s power for change. More Christian leaders need to come forth to bring Christian morality to the nation. A high percentage of Christians still live as animists. During the Marxist years, children were not allowed to be receive Christian teachings. Mission work thrived until 1968 when nearly all expatriates were expelled. A high rate of conversions occur when people come to GMO sites.
Pray that Internet access will increase so that more can make decisions for Christ. Stability has improved, but pray that much greater stability will occur. Pray that the re-introduction of Christianity will continue in this difficult place. Pray for repentance and forgiveness for past evil, and for wise government. Pray that Christians would have good discipleship tools and grow in Godly ways. Pray that missionaries would return and restart abandoned ministries.