|% Urban:||52.2 %|
|Population Under 15 Yrs:||41.7 %|
|Official Language:||French, used by a high proportion of the population. 60 native dialects of which Dioula is the most widely spoken|
|Literacy Rate:||57 %|
|Life Expectancy:||58.6 yrs (229/236)|
|HDI Ranking:||162 / 189|
|% Christian:||33.6 %|
|% Evangelical:||10.5 %|
|% Largest Religion:||41.8 %|
|Least Reached People Groups:||36|
|% Unevangelized:||24 %|
This nation has endured some civil strife in the past generation, although thankfully it has not degraded into war or intractable conflict. Ethnic, tribal, regional, and political divisions will be very difficult to overcome. Côte d’Ivoire currently divides mostly along ethnic and religious lines. The Muslims (north), and the Christians and animists (south), all seek political power. Pray for leaders to be free of corruption, and to work for unity and nation building.
Pray for the Church of Côte d’Ivoire. The Catholic Church and Methodist Church have the most followers, and while some of them do not practise their faith, each contains many committed believers and a lively charismatic movement. Evangelical churches have grown steadily since the 1990s, even during the conflicts of 2002-2007. Abidjan alone probably has over 3,000 churches now, mostly newer and independent. Nearly every main denomination has at least 1 Bible training institute, and theological education grows. But many Christians do not know or understand the Bible, and churches pursue prosperity teaching, or focus on miracles and healings more than on Christ.
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