Population: 1.5 million (2012)

Capital: Libreville

Official language: French

Major religion: Christianity

IFES movement: Groupes bibliques du Gabon (GBG)


Gabon is a democracy in principle, but there is widespread political corruption and this has led to an increasingly uneven distribution of income and growing poverty.  Although more than 60% of the population claim to be Christian, many are nominal and syncretism is widespread.



  • 3 state universities, a dozen private universities
  • GBG present in 4 cities - 3 universities and 3 high-schools
  • 1 national secretary, 5 part-time staff
  • about 70 high school students, students and graduates regularly participating in activities.

The GBG has seen exciting growth since it was restarted in 2004. In 2013, 8 delegates represented the movement at the GBUAF Pan-African gathering in Lomé. Their participation helped students gain a better understanding of student groups’ vision and implement it in their schools or on their campuses. New group creation initiatives are starting to emerge within the country.

The relationship between GBG and local churches is improving, but the movement is still often viewed as a rival denomination.


View from the inside

Nesmy Bersot Mve Nguema is the National Secretary of the GBG. He says, ‘GBG can now be compared to a tree in early spring. We have had our fall and our winter. We lost all our foliage. But for almost a year buds are growing everywhere we look’.

Nesmy’s vision for his ministry is ‘to bring every student not only to a thorough awareness of their identity in Christ and what it means, but also to engage each one in the specific challenges facing them both as a Christian and as a citizen and future leader’.


Please pray:

  • for the stability of the Gabonese educational system undermined by repeated strikes;
  • for students to make time for ministry despite the pressure of their studies;
  • for the precarious financial situation of the movement;
  • for wisdom for the new board recently appointed and training of the successor to the National Secretary.
Nov 17

Bringing Jesus to their friends: high school students in Gabon make a difference

Posted by Penny Vinden

I wrote recently about the post-election crisis in Gabon. Since then I’ve been in touch with two high school student leaders who told me about their experience as members of GBG Gabon. Their exuberance, their perseverance and their boldness in the face of trials are a joy to share with you.

Sep 22

Students trapped in post-election violence – an eyewitness report from Gabon

I did not pray for peace. I prayed and still pray for truth, justice and fairness without which peace will be false and deceptive. And I did not pray for the peace which means an absence of disturbances, but for the peace which conveys tranquillity. Not for the peace of cowardice and resignation, but that which Christ offers and surpasses all understanding.

GBG Gabon

Nesmy Bersot Mve Nguema

General Secretary

BP 1133 Libreville

+241 07 50 99 95

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