Official Country Name:Central African Republic
Region:West and Central Africa
Religious Demographics:Christian ±74%, Evangelical ±32%, Muslim ±17%, Ethnoreligious ±10%
Central African Republic
Number of Evangelicals
A Nation Relying on the Providence of God
A landlocked country in central and western Africa, the Central African Republic fell to French colonial rule in the late 19th century. Christianity took root in the early 1900s with the arrival of missionaries from Sweden, who planted many Baptist churches. Today, the nation is home to nearly 5 million people and 81 different languages. The nation is predominantly Christian, with 17% of the population being Muslim. Though the country is religiously free according to the constitution, the nation is ranked extremely low for safety and security and sees violent acts of persecution against religious groups often.
Because of the country's proximity to Muslim-dominated West Africa, there is a significant Muslim population in The Central African Republic. Evangelicals experience great opportunities daily to reach the millions of unreached Muslims within their borders and in their region.
The nation ranks low in Legatum Prosperity Index, with a score higher than only South Sudan. However, though there are social tensions, the nation is religiously free, and the church is permitted to practice their faith and openly worship, with a hopeful decrease in violent acts. The church must rely on the Providence of God to protect and provide for their needs, especially in situations of social hostilities and safety threats. When considering all of these things, we Praise God for the work He has done and will do in the Central African Republic. We rank their mobilization potential as moderate to low.