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. The hosting of the Lausanne III Congress in Cape Town in 2010 was a major event in evangelical history. Biblical Christianity is strong in South Africa – but so are suffering, poverty, and violence. Pray for the many Christian agencies minister to the needy sections of society. Beautiful stories tell of Christians who show love to victims of rape, crime, and AIDS, and also to prisoners, slum-dwellers, and the very poor.

South Africa

Title: South Africa

Tier: 1

Type: country

Pray for all in government and leadership, that the priorities would be justice, righteousness, and economic improvement for all. Greater transparency, a more mature democracy, and free press, would all help combat corruption and deception. The nation faces high rates of rape and violent crime. The legacy of racism and injustice do not justify the lawlessness and wickedness evident. Pray that the spirit of violence, both physical and sexual, might be bound under the authority of 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.