Pray for: South Africa

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Cape Town (legislative). Pretoria (administrative). Bloemfontein (judicial)
Population: 60,041,996
% Urban: 67.8 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 29 %
Official Language: – all the major ethnic languages. English and Afrikaans are the main languages in higher education
Languages: 11
Literacy Rate: 93 %
HDI Ranking: 114 / 189
% Christian: 75.2 %
% Evangelical: 21.1 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 75.2 %
People Groups: 65
Least Reached People Groups: 8
% Unevangelized: 2 %

South Africa

Title: South Africa

Tier: 1

Type: country

Prayer initiatives begun in South Africa went on to impact the whole world! The Global Day of Prayer started in Cape Town (2001), and Christians from almost every country joined in this event on Pentecost Sunday. Other prayer movements like Transformation Africa and Jericho Walls also influence many nations. Large scale prayer events like “It’s Time” in 2017 demonstrate South Africa’s continued legacy in prayer. Biblical Christianity has a strong legacy in South Africa. But poverty, injustice, corruption, and terrible violence are alarmingly widespread for a nation with so many claiming to be Christian. Pray for the many Christian agencies that serve among the needy sections of society.

South Africa

Title: South Africa

Tier: 1

Type: country

Panama’s strategic location and socio-political stability also attract many other forces to the area. Proximity to Colombia and the prevalence of offshore finance in Panama mean that drug cartels and other undesirables have a strong presence. Much of Panama’s economy is in service to either these offshore bank or to launder money. In 2016, the leak of the Panama Papers exposed massive scales of international tax evasion and fraud facilitated through Panama-based services. Even more alarming is the fact that so little has been done about these revelations, either in Panama or abroad. Pray for a government that will root out corruption, oppose wickedness, and uphold righteousness.

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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.