- For a pure Gospel to be proclaimed that is devoid of syncretism and heresy.
- For the Church to recapture the vision for evangelism of the entire country.
- For an expansion of ministries that equip youth to decisively impact the nation for Christ.
- For the less reached in central and northern areas.
- That Christian resources will be effectively used and the Bible translated into more languages.
Central Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and Gabon
4 866 243 (2017 est.)
Roman Catholic 33.1%
Awakening Churches/Christian Revival 22.3%
Kimbanguiste 1.5%, other 8.1%, none 11.3% (2010 est.)
400 000 (2017)
36% (2014 est.)
LEAST REACHED PEOPLE GROUPS:
Population of city:
1 557 533
3.22% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
Majority religion in city:
Lord Jesus, we pray for the people of Congo Republic. We pray for a pure Gospel to be proclaimed that is devoid of syncretism and heresy. Father, will You please enable your Church to recapture the vision for evangelism of the entire country. We specifically pray for an expansion of ministries that equip youth to decisively impact the nation for Christ.
Lord God, we intercede on behalf of those who are less reached in central and northern areas of the Congo. Father, there where the people are thinly populated, we ask for Your Holy Spirit to move and touch the hearts of the people.
We also pray that Christian resources will be effectively used and the Bible translated into more languages. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
State of the Church
Like most countries in this area, Christianity is mixed with traditional beliefs, which is especially a problem in the rural areas. There is a huge need for training new pastors to go and spread the true Gospel into those areas.
The church is also reaching out to those affected by war in other countries, rehabilitating them and helping them to get back onto their feet. Fund are however a huge stumbling block for them.
Most persecution of Christians happens in family structures.
The Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo Brazzaville, is situated in central Africa, between Angola and Gabon. This country is famous for it’s lush forests and the Congo river. This is however not the only things that is attributed to the Congo. This was also the home of Beatriz Kimpa Vita.
She was born into one of the noble Catholic clans in 1684. “Kongo” had been a Catholic kingdom for two centuries prior to her birth. She later created an African Christian movement called Antonianism, which taught that Jesus and other early Christian figures were from the "Kongo Kingdom".
She lived in a time where there were many civil wars between the tribes, as well as against the colonising powers. She incorporated Christian views with traditional beliefs to spread her message of redemption and to build a Congolese identity among the tribes. With this message she created unity among the tribes which sought to resist foreign domination.
After reaching huge success, she was seen as a problem by the Portuguese priests and was tried under “Kongo law” as a witch and a heretic. She was burned on a stake at the age of 21.
The French later negotiated a French protectorate* in the 1880’s.
The Republic of Congo received its independence in 1960. Although things were relatively peaceful, things started to unravel later as people were unhappy about how the country was being run. This resulted in 3 coups.
Currently the country is stabilising, with China becoming a major source of financial support for developing infrastructure.
*Protectorate - a relationship of protection and partial control assumed by a superior power over a dependent country
- INcontext ministries – http://incontextministries.org/
- CIA World Factbook
- Atlas of Global Christianity – Todd M.Johnson & Kenneth R. Ross (Published by – Edinburgh University Press) (Missionaries and national workers: Africa 2010, page 267)
- Prayercast – http://prayercast.com/
- Unreached people groups – http://www.joshuaproject.net
- The voice of the Martyrs – http://www.persecution.com/
- Jul-Dec, 2010 International Religious Freedom Report – http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/2010_5/index.htm
- Operation World – http://www.operationworld.org/african-countries