Pray for: Madagascar

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Antananarivo
Population: 31,056,610
% Urban: 39.2 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 40.4 %
Official Language: Malagasy and French. 8.2% speaks English
Languages: 20
Literacy Rate: 65 %
Life Expectancy: 64.5 yrs (193/236)
HDI Ranking: 173 / 189
% Christian: 53.5 %
% Evangelical: 11.5 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 53.5 %
People Groups: 40
Least Reached People Groups: 11
% Unevangelized: 11 %


Title: Madagascar

Tier: 1

Type: country

The old beliefs still prevail in many ways, despite the growth and spread of Christianity. Compromise with the old beliefs, veneration of ancestral spirits, and witchcraft is widespread among those who claim to be Christian. A Christian veneer often prevails, but many have little understanding of the biblical message of salvation. Many churches appear to be spiritually dead and in numerical decline, particularly in mainline denominations. Revival as well as biblical teaching and leadership are urgently needed. Pray for a new move of the Holy Spirit to reawaken these churches that have such a strong legacy.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.