Population: 4.6 million (2012)
Major religion: Christianity
Official languages: Sangho, French
IFES movement: Groupes Bibliques Universitaires (GBU)
Central African Republic (CAR) is one of the richest countries in Africa in terms of resources, yet it faces serious problems of poor management and leadership. Large parts of CAR are under rebel control and provinces are poor; everything is concentrated in the capital city.
Although Islam is spreading rapidly, about 80% of the population claim to be Christian. However there is a huge gap between being called a Christian and behaving as a Christian. This gulf is reflected in the high levels of corruption in public and private administrations.
GBU Central African Republic
- about 20 high schools and 14 tertiary institutions
- 1 full-time and 1 part-time staff, a team of volunteers
- largest group has 200 students, the smallest 10
The country is currently in crisis. Initiatives have been taken to make the most of these difficult times when the whole academic system is paralysed. The movement has started practical trainings in various fields (gardening, administrative work, building work, knitting, baking, carpentry work and others). The movement has for example started to grow their own vegetables, has built an oven and is finishing building a room which will soon serve as a cafeteria. Alongside these practical initiatives, the students are also taking part in discipleship and leadership trainings.
As part of a vibrant Christian witness, GBU students need to be examples of academic excellence for the future of CAR: the many political and military crises have caused a chronic lowering of academic standards, which could harm the future of the nation.
- for God to raise up more faithful staff workers;
- for students to live out Christian values in every area of life, including their studies;
- for God to raise up future leaders who will be able to influence the country as David, Daniel and Joseph did;
- that the movement might play the part God expects it to play during this current crisis.