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10 More Facts About the Central African Republic (CAR)

Girl in the CAR

The previous post revealed facts about the Central African Republic. Read below to learn about Christians and followers of other religions in the country.

1. At least half of the people in the CAR consider themselves to be Christians. About 30 percent are truly faithful, active Christians.

2. But many are Christians in name only. They continue to follow the customs of the spirit worshipers around them.

3. Some of the people who falsely call themselves Christians have joined together to form the “anti-Balaka” group. They participate in violent unbiblical revenge attacks against Muslims.

4. Sometimes Christians who share their faith are attacked by Muslim rebels. During one month, five pastors died in such attacks.

5. In some countries, Bibles are illegal. But, praise God, Bibles are for sale in Bangui (the capital), and they can be distributed legally. However, most people are too poor to afford them, and more than 60 percent of adults can’t read.

6. The main languages of the CAR are French and Sango. The Bible is available in both languages. (Source: The Joshua Project)

7. The Voice of the Martyrs provided believers with solar audio Bibles, which the Christians charge in the sun in front of their makeshift shelters. Christians who can’t read, children, and others can learn Scriptures from the audio Bibles.

8. Many Christians are showing love and forgiveness to their Muslim neighbors. They have protected Muslims from attackers who hunt for them. One church leader sheltered 2,000 Muslims in his church for months.

9. The Voice of the Martyrs is serving and encouraging thousands of Christians who were driven out of their homes.

10. Many Christians who fled violent attacks did not even have time to put on shoes or clothes. In one village, the only structures not burned to the ground were two churches with metal roofs. The Christians who fled survived by digging up roots and wild yams to eat. Churches in other communities are providing land for the Christians to live on.

See a video about the tough road traveled to get aid and Bibles to persecuted Christians in remote places.

Visit persecution.com/ActionPacks to learn how you can help displaced Christians.


10 Facts About the Central African Republic (CAR)

What do you know about the Central African Republic? If you read this post and the following one, you will probably know more than most of your family and friends! (The next post will tell about Christians and followers of other religions in the CAR.)

1. A megalith is a very large, prehistoric stone or group of stones used as a monument or forming a structure. Stonehenge in England is an example. Hundreds of megaliths are found in the CAR and other African countries. Their purpose remains a mystery, and scientists are not sure how ancient people moved the enormous stones into place without modern machinery.

2. The CAR has been named one of three countries (along with Chad and Madagascar) with the least “light pollution,” making it easier to see heavenly bodies at night.

3. Some unique animals make their home in the CAR, though conditions in the country are reducing their numbers. Some of the interesting animals include slit-nosed bats, blind snakes, and spot-nosed monkeys.

4. The CAR is landlocked, meaning it is not next to a sea or ocean.

5. The country has roads and airports, but fewer than 10 percent of the roads are paved, and only two airports have paved runways.

6. The CAR is rich in gold, diamonds, and other natural resources. But because of conditions in the country, many people are very poor.

Children in the CAR

7. About 800,000 people in the CAR have become homeless, because a civil war has forced them from their homes.

8. A U.S. State Department travel advisory says, “Do not travel to CAR due to crime, civil unrest, and kidnapping.” For those who plan to travel to the CAR anyway, the State Department advises, “Draft a will…and leave DNA samples with your medical provider.”

9. The capital of the CAR is Bangui, which is the center of the Bangui Magnetic Anomaly. In an area where there is a magnetic anomaly, magnetic compasses don’t work accurately. Scientists aren’t yet sure what caused the anomaly.

10. Due to poor living conditions, the CAR is the world’s unhealthiest country, and the worst country in which to be young, according to researchers.


This Month

Parents and Teachers

The July 2019 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine features stories about Christians in the violence-scarred Central African Republic (CAR) where “the war no one talks about” has displaced and impoverished thousands of Christians.

The issue features descriptions about local Muslims rising up against their Christian neighbors, displaced Christians fleeing their villages and burned homes, and VOM partners traveling over treacherous terrain to reach CAR Christians with aid and encouragement.

You can share stories of Christians in the CAR from the magazine and this site with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Related Resources
* To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
*The Voice of the Martyrs Global Prayer Guide includes information about Christians in the CAR.
*How to help: Click here to learn how to send an Action Pack to persecuted Christians in need.


10 Quotes from 2018

Strengthening the next generation

The following quotes were shared with or by workers from The Voice of the Martyrs during 2018. Most of the quotes were shared by Christians from countries where believers are persecuted.

1. “Never once in my heart did I feel the Holy Spirit leading me to keep silent about Jesus.” — former Muslim woman who now follows Jesus.

2. “Persecutors know if they get the next generation, they win.” — VOM worker

3. “There is peace and contentment in being where God wants you, even in the shadow of death.” — VOM worker, inspired by the faith of a Christian in the Central Africa Republic

4. “Persecution has never stopped, and neither will I.” — African Christian who was hospitalized after enemies attacked him

5. “Prayer has to be a custom for you before a crisis comes.” — Iranian Christian

6. “The kingdom advances when God’s people take small steps of obedience.” — VOM worker

7. “I know I’m going to die for Christ, but before that, I’m going to share the gospel with as many people as I can.” — persecuted Christian in a Muslim country

8. “Everyone coming to Jesus is the only ‘peace process’.” — persecuted Christian in a war-torn country

9. “Every 40 hours, another Christian is attacked [in India].” — Christian worker in India

10. “We serve the persecuted to reach the persecutors.” — VOM worker

(Source: VOM workers and contacts. Edited for length, clarity, reading level, and security.)

To Do
Choose five of the quotes above and say them in your own words. How many of the quotes do you agree with?