Official Country Name:Republic of South Sudan
Region:East and Southern Africa
Government:Presidential Constitutional Republic
Religious Demographics:Christian ±62%, Evangelical 29%, Muslim ±5%, Ethnoreligious ±34%
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The World's Newest Country Could Be Awakened to God's Heart for the Unreached
The newest country in the world, South Sudan, gained its independence from Sudan in July 2011 after years of civil war and political and religious unrest. Before its independence, Sudan was occupied by Egypt under the Muhammad Ali dynasty. The nation was governed as an Anglo-Egyptian condominium that greatly favored the Arab north and largely ignored the black south that lacked much funding, education, and health infrastructure. This divide brought unrest and civil war, resulting in Sudanese independence in 1956.
Today, the nation's economy is largely supported by its main resource, oil. South Sudan has the third largest oil reserve in all of Sub-Saharan Africa, which has played a large role in supporting the economy through its recent growth as a new nation. South Sudan is now home to 11,381,377 people, approximately 7,090,597 of them identifying as Christian!
Because of its history with the Islamic north, South Sudanese evangelicals are uniquely positioned to be culturally close to Muslim UPG nations! This is great news, as the nation is geographically close to the 10/40 window, where billions of people are yet to know the name of Jesus! What if the South Sudanese church was awakened to how God has uniquely prepared it to reach UPGs?