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DAY 21 - March 30
Nouakchott, Mauritania

People Groups Focus

Nouakchott is the capital and largest city of Mauritania. It is one of the largest cities in the Sahara with 1.5 million residents. It is also one of the newest capital cities in Africa, being named the capital just prior to Mauritania’s independence from France in 1960.

The capital city has a deep-water port on the Atlantic, much of which has been developed in recent years by the Chinese. Nouakchott’s economy is based on the mining of gold, phosphate, and copper from the surrounding region along with factory-produced goods such as cement, rugs, embroidery, insecticides, and textiles.

Crime is rampant in Mauritania, and westerners who venture outside of the capital city are frequently kidnapped for ransom.

The challenges to the gospel in Nouakchott, and throughout Mauritania, are significant. 99.8% of the population identify as Sunni Muslim. Freedom of religion is prohibited, and followers of Islam who convert to Christianity are shunned by their families and communities.


Prayer Emphasis

  • Pray for the near culture teams who are entering Nouakchott to bring the gospel to this hostile environment.
  • Ask that the Holy Spirit bring visions of Jesus to many thousands of Muslims during this holy month of Ramadan.
  • Pray for God’s mercy for the people affected by severe drought and a broken economy.
  • Slavery is a significant problem here. Pray for freedom for these people and that they will come to know true freedom in Christ.
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