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- Stats for Liberia
Top 25 Stats
Gospel Visits to Non-Christians with Internet- 303.38% (25th); Gospel Visits to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 189.16% (12th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 19.79% (13th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Mande/Malinke (48.7%); Kru (35.1%); Atlantic/Guinnean (10%); Americo-Liberian (2.5%, returned American blacks); Kongo (2.5%, returned Caribbean freed slaves).
Natural resources (water, rubber, iron, diamonds) are the major sources of revenue. Registering ships is the second largest source of income. Nation has been devastated by years of corruption until 1980; Then civil war from 1989-2003. The country has a high level of poverty with up to 75% unemployment. Ebola epidemic disrupted the nation in 2014 and 2015.
History / Politics
Declared independence from the United States in 1847, which was recognized in 1862. It has moderate stability and moderate corruption, but has had a difficult past. This was black Africa’s first free state; It was a place to send freed American slaves. The nation has had two civil wars, but peaceful elections occurred in 2005. War was the result of ethnic hatred, greed, and corruption. The country also elected Africa’s first female head of state (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf). There are 30,000 child soldiers left over after the civil wars. About 30% of these child soldiers have attempted suicide; Trauma training is needed for pastors. Thousands of children are the result of rape, and they live in poverty and shame. Many girls were taken during the war and used as sex slaves.
Christians are now in a position to help make substantive changes in the country. The church harms its witness by use of African beliefs, tribal secret societies, and magic. Many buildings and leadership structures of the church need to be rebuilt after the wars.
Pray for the restoration of the family and healing for victims or victimizers of the violence. Pray that Christians are wise as they try to help rebuild the country and bring integrity to it.