A. THE COUNTRY
The Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), in Africa, is west of the
Democratic of Congo (Congo-Zaire) with which it is often confused.
Congo is a constitutional republic with an authoritarian presidential
regime. Congo is undeveloped due to limited transportation. It is rich
in oil and mineral deposits, and extensive rainforest and agricultural
potential. There is a need to get away from dependence on oil,
top-heavy government and civil sectors, corruption and socialist
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~3,759,000 and the official language is French.
About 50% of the population live below the poverty line.
~91.7% are Bantu, ~1.3% Pygmy, ~6.5% Adamawa-Ubangi, ~0.5% Other
(African, European, Asian).
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
There is freedom of religion. The majority of the population claim to
be Christian (~89.72%) but up to 50% are actually animists. ~5.2% are
Ethnoreligionist, ~2.8% Non-religious, ~1.58% Muslim, ~0.6% Baha’i,
In the Christian category:
~61.48% are Catholic, ~14.51% Independent, ~11.31% Protestant, ~1.8%
Unaffiliated, ~0.01% Orthodox.
Evangelicals represent ~15.9% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~16.2% and of those ~3% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.