Pray for Our World: Congo (Republic of Congo)

Congo Republic of Congo is west of the Congo DRC, which it is often confused.  During its Marxist-Leninist period of 1968-1991, the youth were heavily indoctrinated against religion.  Eighteen denominations were banned and some missions expelled.  All restrictions were removed in 1992.  But as a result, not many churches have been built and the people are not trained or educated in Christianity.  Though most profess to be Christian, much of it is actually a thin veneer over traditional African religion (or animists, where everything has a spirit).

Bible translation is an ongoing challenge with all the different languages.  Pray for missionaries, tools and resources to allow the people to learn true Christianity and lift the veil of darkness and deceit.

Pray for Our World: Congo DRC

Congo Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, contains most of the Congo River system and the Central African rainforest.  It is rich in diamonds, mineral resources, diverse flora, and has enough hydro-electric potential to power the entire continent.  But the corrupt government, frequent wars, and severe restrictions on religion have made it one of the poorest countries in the world.

Since their religious independence in 1980, there have been a proliferation of new churches and revivals, and many social, health and education services are now maintained by Christian groups instead of the government.  The church has emerged as the only viable national structure to endure the earlier collapse of the country.  It was able to plug the gap left by a failed state.

Yet there is still a powerful spiritual evil left in the land from years of abuse – systematic rape, unspeakable mutilation, cannibalism, witchcraft, and evil practices against children.  Pray that God will deliver this land from the evil and bring it back to the resourceful land God meant it to be.  Pray for the churches and Christians who are there that they may be a light for good.