Pray for: Madagascar

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Antananarivo
Population: 28,427,333
% Urban: 39.2 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 40.4 %
Official Language: Malagasy, French and English (though not widely used)
Languages: 20
Literacy Rate: 65 %
HDI Ranking: 164 / 189
% Christian: 53.5 %
% Evangelical: 11.5 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 53.5 %
People Groups: 40
Least Reached People Groups: 10
% Unevangelized: 11 %


Title: Madagascar

Tier: 1

Type: country

This land of riches fights a battle with poverty. Some call Madagascar the “8th continent”. Its rich environment houses unique plant and animal species, and a unique mix of ethnicities. But most people live on an average of less than $1 US/day. The slash-and-burn farming technique destroyed about 80% of the rainforest cover and many species of plants and animals. Pray for leadership that will serve the people well, and development that lifts people out of poverty.

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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.