Pray for: Mayotte

Flag for Mayotte

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Mamoudzou
Population: 345,996
% Urban: 45.6 %
Official Language: French; Shimaore (a Bantu language) is spoken by 80%, Shibushi (a Malagasy language) by 30%
Languages: 4
Literacy Rate: 92 %
Life Expectancy: 74.2 yrs (102/236)
% Christian: 1.6 %
% Evangelical: 0.1 %
Largest Religion: Muslim
% Largest Religion: 97.9 %
People Groups: 8
Least Reached People Groups: 6
% Unevangelized: 75 %


Title: Mayotte

Tier: 1

Type: country

Pray for the Muslim majority. The indigenous people of Mayotte are 99.9% Muslim. Although there is religious freedom and direct, open-air evangelism is permitted (and practiced by the AoG), response has been very slow and most converts have returned to Islam. Maore folk Islam is heavily shaped by magic and cults practicing spirit possession. Despite this, a spirit of complacency rests upon the people, exacerbated greatly by the increased economic assistance from France and the EU. Pray for a spiritual breakthrough. The name Mayotte means “place of death”; pray that it may become a place of spiritual life in Christ.

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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.