Pray for: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Flag for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Kinshasa
Population: 92,377,986
% Urban: 46.2 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 46 %
Official Language: French. Trade languages Lingala/Bangala in north and northwest, Swahili in east and south, Tshiluba in centre and Kikongo/Tuba in west
Languages: 217
Literacy Rate: 79 %
HDI Ranking: 175 / 189
% Christian: 92.2 %
% Evangelical: 18.7 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 92.2 %
People Groups: 229
Least Reached People Groups: 1
% Unevangelized: 1 %
Persecution Ranking: 40 / 50

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Title: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Tier: 1

Type: country

Congo needs to be allowed to overcome the evils of its tragic history – this must involve some form of repentance and reparation by former colonial powers. 19th-century Arabs raided the country for slaves. The horrific colonial rule of Belgium’s King Leopold II led to the deaths of 10 million people in the 30 years before 1908. Belgian control and international mining companies exploited Congo’s resources, but oppressed the people. Western countries then supported the corrupt regime of the dictator Mobutu, which caused much of the current chaos. Inter-ethnic hostility in the 1990s led to warfare and killings. Many people fled for their lives. Ruthless and wicked foreign interests exploit the poverty and chaos to plunder Congo’s rich natural resources, especially its minerals. These evils, past and present, must be confessed, repented of, and put right, in order for the Congo to have a workable future. Christian groups in Belgium expressed repentance for past evils their country committed, and this was a positive start.

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Title: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Tier: 1

Type: country

The powerful spiritual evil that influences much of this land shows itself in deeper ways than wars, killings, greed, and corruption. Wicked men committed widespread rape, unspeakable brutality, cannibalism, and witchcraft against adults and children. The DRC is the worst country in the world regarding sexual violence against women. How could these horrors spread throughout a land with over 90% who profess Christianity? This moves our hearts, and calls us to spiritual warfare. Cry out for God to deliver this land, and to bind the spirits that have such power over a suffering people.

More Information

  1. Get all of this content and daily notifications in our free mobile app. Download here ›
  2. Sign up for a daily e-mail that gets you the featured prayer point of the day straight to your inbox.
  3. This content is a curated selection of points from our book, Operation World. Find out more about it and all the rest of Our Publications ›

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.