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- Stats for South Africa (Black)
Shame/fear based (African version); Collectivist group in black South Africans. In white South Africa, Power Distance is much higher than in other Anglo-American groups. South Africans regard themselves as conservative Christians. The churches started to speak up against the apartheid state late, which harmed its witness.
Top 25 Stats
Total Evangelicals- 10.6 M (12th); Percent of Country Who Are Evangelicals- 19.82% (22nd); Gospel Decisions to Visits- 12.87% (22nd).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Nguni (46.4%); Sotho-Tswana (24.3%); Whites (8.9%); Colored/Mixed race (8.9%); Asian (2.8%).
English, Afrikaans, and 11 ethnic languages
This is the wealthiest African nation, with a large industrial base, minerals, and agriculture. Despite this, there is high gap between the wealthy and poor, and corruption is an issue. Lots of white professionals and farmers are leaving the country.
History / Politics
Apartheid (officially sanctioned separation and discrimination) brought pain and suffering to the black majority, but ended in 1991. Free elections occurred in 1994; Mandela was elected and fought to end racial bias. Leaders since Mandela have disappointed a lot of people.
Biblical Christianity is solid in South Africa and has had a big impact on the world. There are good ministries to AIDS and rape victims, prisoners, and slum dwellers. Prayers are still needed for forgiveness and reconciliation associated with apartheid. Nation sends out many missionaries, but poverty, AIDS, and crime at home are issues. About 5 million immigrants come from the rest of Africa looking for peace and work.
Pray for continued growth of the churches and integrity in their witness. Pray for continued reconciliation of the pain caused during apartheid. Pray evangelicals will show the compassion of the Lord and rebuild their name.