Official Country Name:Republic of South Africa
Region:East and Southern Africa
Religious Demographics:Christian ±75%, Evangelical ±21%, Muslim ±1%, Ethnoreligious ±12%
Number of Evangelicals
A Nation's History of Division Turned Into Beauty Through Redemption
South Africa is a large country on the very southern tip of the continent of Africa. It was colonized as a supply port by the British in the 1600s. Not long after the British arrived, Dutch missionaries established the Dutch Reformed Church that quickly spread Protestantism across the nation. In the 1940s, the government implemented an Apartheid system that forced segregation, gentrification, and unequal wage distribution—unfortunately, these policies were backed by many in the church. South Africa operated under this racial divide for decades until Apartheid formally ended in 1994. With only 27 years of post Apartheid operations, the nation is still healing and reconciling from past wounds.
Today, South Africa has more than 10 million evangelicals and is culturally poised to reach millions of unreached Muslims. The South African evangelical church has religious freedom from the government to practice openly. Still, it deals with many social hostilities due to years of racial discrimination and segregation.
The Lord is beautifully and strategically shaping the South African church to share His gospel with the unreached. Additionally, South Africa leads the continent in mission sending and has a strong economy capable of sending more. Pray that the Lord would continue to heal the nation and unite believers so that the church would be awakened to how God has uniquely prepared it to reach the nations.