Located directly in central Africa, the country is composed of 80 different ethnic groups. The official languages are French and Sango, which is a trade language used by most of the population. They have 48% literacy. Rich in natural resources and minerals, diamonds account for 55% of the exports, though most of the working population are farmers.
76% are Christian and 14% Muslim, with tribal ethnoreligion making up the rest. The national church seems to be emerging as a witness and service to the people. National missionaries and agencies are on the increase, indigenous-led ministries are springing up, and Bible translation in mother tongues and literacy in the churches are also progressing. Half of the population is under the age of 15, so ministry to young people and to women are vital. Women are just now making inroads into ministry through Christian Women’s Union and Women’s Aglow. Even Muslim converts to Jesus are considered very influential within their communities.
Pray that the mission efforts and the churches will continue to be a strong beacon of hope for the people of Central Africa, and that they will have a positive impact in the communities. God is moving in this remote, central part of Africa.