Botswana

4 02 2013

Capital: Gaborone, with a population of 201,000.

The Kalahari Desert covers 80% of the total area of this African Country. Understandably it is very dry and prone to severe droughts.  Life expectancy is a mere 53.4 years.

People: 95.4% are Bantu. Others: San (Bushmen) – 2.8%, Zimbabwean, South African, Asian, British.

Language: English, and Setswana.

Politics: A stable democracy (very rare in Africa), independence from Britain in 1966.

Economy: Diamonds, copper, nickel, gold, beef, and tourism are good exports and industries.

Religion: Complete Freedom.  Christian 65.56% with Ethno-religionist 32.6% [note: tiny make-up of Muslim 0.45%]

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Baobab Trees, Meerkats, Rhinos, Giraffes, Lions – lots of enjoyment among the creation in this part of Africa.

Prayer Points:

1. Praise first: Economic Growth is steady, corruption rare, freedom of religion and a multiparty democracy is the norm. Biblical influence: Wow.

2. ‘The Tswana people were the first Bantu people in Africa to respond to the gospel. several tribes turned to God in the 19th Century through the LMS from England. Other ministries followed. Today, the majority of Tswana are Christian in name. Sadly, there is widespread immorality, drunkenness and a breakdown of the traditional family structure, including a high proportion of illegitimate children. Other less numerous groups resent the Tswana’s socio-political influence in Botswana.  Pray for a reversal of the moral decline and for renewal among the Tswana.

3. AIDS has devastated the country. Botswana has the world’s second-highest prevalence of AIDS after Swaziland – spread by sexual promiscuity. 28 yrs loss of life expectancy. Over 100,000 AIDS orphans exist in the country. Staggering.

4. Pray for Ministry to the Less-reached peoples:

a. The Kalanga – under cultural domination from the Tswana.

b. The Yeyi (20,000 in the Okavango Delta)

c. The Nambya (15,000 in the northeast)

d. The San – have suffered almost complete destruction of their desert-adapted way of life, due to ranching, mining and tourism. No longer nomadic at all, but resettled in towns and villages. ‘Response is slow but several thousand San may now be Christian in about 20 congregations through the efforts of a dozen agencies. Pray the Lord will help them adapt to the changing world.

e. The Mbukushu and Herero peoples fled the Okavngo Delta due to civil war, and violence spilling out of Angola. Pray for their congregations to flourish.

5. Pray for Ministry to Young People, given the lowered life expectancy and high teen pregnancy, and the impact of AIDS. Pray for AIDS prevention through good discipleship.

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