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»2004 - Year of World Evangelism
In the Great Commission and in the prophecies, Jesus said that "the gospel must be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations - and then the end will come". Matthew 24: 14; Matthew 28: 19
In the last days, prophecy predicts the spread of this gospel.
And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people. (Revelation 14: 6)

We have several barriers to meeting this challenge. But God is providing a way to meet them.

The Resistant Belt (The 10/40 Window)
This is a region that is located between ten degrees north and forty degrees north of the equator.
66% of the population lives in this region. An estimated 95% are not evangelized. Some have never heard the gospel.

The 10/40 Window Albania Cyprus Greece Italy Azerbaijan Bangladesh Bhutan Brunei Cambodia (kampuchea) Tibet China India Indonesia Japan North Korea South Korea Kyrgyzstan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar (Burma) Nepal New Guinea Philippines Singapore Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand Uzbekistan Vietnam Afghanistan Bahrain Iran Iraq Israel Jordan Kazakhstan Kuwait Lebanon Oman Pakistan Qatar Saudi Arabia Syria Tajikstan Turkey Turkmenistan United Arab Emirates Yemen Algeria Benin Burkina Fosa Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Djibouti Egypt Eritrea Ethiopia Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea Bissau Ivory Coast Liberia Libya Mali Mauritania Morocco Niger Nigeria Senegal Sierra leone Somalia Sudan Togo Tunisia Western Sahara
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Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
China
India
Indonesia
Japan
North Korea
South Korea
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Macau
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nepal
New Guinea
Philippines
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Taiwan
Thailand
Tibet
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Afghanistan
Bahrain
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Oman
Pakistan
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Syria
Tajikstan
Turkey
Turkmenistan
UAE
Yemen

Europe
Albania
Cyprus
Greece
Italy
Algeria
Benin
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Cnt. African Rep.
Chad
Djibouti
Egypt
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Ivory Coast
Liberia
Libya
Mali
Mauritania
Morocco
Niger
Nigeria
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Somalia
Sudan
Togo
Tunisia
Western Sahara
Dominant religions : Buddhist Hindu Islam
Point to a country on the map or click on the name in the prayer schedule to find out more about it.
Use the monthly prayer schedule on the right to pray for three countries every day.
Every day, pray for a country in each of the three regions Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe). Repeat this every month.
Fast on the first Sunday of each month for global evangelism.

The Gospel To Every Tribe And People
People groups are from a defined region in which they share a common ethnicity, race, language, culture or religion.
Understanding each group might help us to formulate the right social doctrine. As we teach them about their need for Christ we also take steps to look at their social needs.

Unreached People Groups (2002 Estimates)
Group Location Religion People
Arab North Africa to Iraq Islam Arab (Arabian, Bedouin, Levant, Libyan, Maghreb, Shuwa, Sudan, Yemeni)
Berber (Kabyle, Riff, Saharan, Shawiya, Tashelhayt, Tuareg),
Egyptian, Hassaniya, Tamazight
Sub-Saharan Africa Band below the Sahara and above central Africa Islam Bagirmi-Chari, Chad-Saharan, Chadic - Nig/Cha/Sud, Dioula, Fula, Guera-Naba, Gur, Hausa, Kanuri, Malinke, Nuba Mountains, Nubian, Ouaddai-Fur, Pygmy, Sahel-Chadian, Songhai, Soninke, Susu, Swahili, Wolof, Amo, Antakarana, Anuak, Atwot, Awak, Bale (Ethiopia, Sudan), Banda-Ndele, Banga (Bangawa), Banta Themne (Buya-Romende), Bara, Batemi (Watemi, Sonjo), Biafada (Biafar), Bolon, Bullom (Northern Bullom), Cham-Mwana, Didinga (Xaroxa,Toi), Digo (Kenya, Tanzania), Dirim, Duguri (Dugurawa), Dukawa (Dukkawa), Dzuungoo (Samogho), Fali (North), Feleupe (Diola, Jola), Foodo, Gengle, Gio (Dan, Yakuba, Diabula), Gola (Gula), Gua, Gusilay, Hwla, Konkomba ,Iberogen, Idaca, Idaksahak, Igdalen, Iku, Ingessana (Tabi), Kami, Kissi, Koma Ndera, Koma, (Central (Komo), North (Kwama), South) Koro, Koti, Kunante (Maswanka), Kwanka (Kadun), Landoma (Landouman), Ligbi (Nigwi, Weela, Nwela, Vwela , Banda), Loko (Landogo), Lulba, Maban-Jumjum (Meban), Madi Southern, Mahi, Makua (Makhuwa), Makwe, Mandyak (Manjaco), Mankanya (Mancanha), Mano (Ngere, Mawe, Manon), Marendje, Marka, Mau (Mahu), Mengaka (Bagam ), Mesengo (Majang), Mumuye, Mwani (Muwame, lbo, Quimuane), Ndengereko, Ndonde (Mawanda, Wandonde), Ngan (Nguin, Gan, Beng), Ngwe, Ngwo, Njeng, Nuna (Nunuma, Southern), Nyimang (Nyima, Ama), Pana, Papeis, Pari (Lokoro), Puku (Faka, Aror), Reshe, Gungawa, Resha, Rufiji (Ruihi, Fiji), Samoa, Samogho (Duun), Samogho (Jotoni), Seemogo, Serere (Serere-Sine), Shanga (Shangawa), Siamou (Seme), Sissala, Suri, Tanalana (Mahafaly), Taturu (Tatoga, Manga), Vai (Vey, Vy), Vai (Vy) Wamachinga, Wamakonde (Wamatambwe), Wamang'anja, Wamwera (Wamaraba), Wangindo, Wasi, Worodougou, Xwla-Gbe, Yao (Wayao), Yoruba (Anago, Nago)
Cushitic Horn of Africa Islam Afar, Beja, Somali, Tigre, Ajuran, Arusi (Oromo), Borana, Daasenech (Reshiat), Dabarre, Garre, Garreh, Gawwada (Gauwada), Hamar, Hamer-Banna, Harari (Adere), Jiiddu, Kunama (Baza), Libido (Maraqo), Nara (Nialetic), Orma (Orma Galla), Raya Galla (Azebu), Zayse
Indo-Iranians S.W. Asia Islam Aimaq, Baluch, Brahui, Gilaki, Kurd, Luri, Mazanderani, Pathan, Persian, Tajik, Talysh, Darwazi (Badakhshani), Deghwari, Munji-Yidgha, Nangalami (Nigalami), Nuristani (Ashkuni, Bashgali, Waigali), Pashayi (Northeast, Northwest, Southeast (Darai-Nur), Southwest), Sanglechi, Shughni, Shughni (Shugnan-Rush), Vafsi, Wakhi (Guhjali) (Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan), Wanetsi
Indo-Iranians South Asia Hindu Assamese, Bengali, Bhil, Bihari, Deccani, Gond, Gujarati, Gypsy, Hazara, Hindi, Hindko, Jat, Kashmiri, Kohistani, Kond, Konkani, Maharathi, Maithili, Maldivian, Munda-Santal, Nepali-Pahari, Newar, Oriya, Punjabi, Rajasthan, Sindhi, Tamil Moor, Tharu, Tulu, Urdu, Andh (Andha, Andhni), Badaga, Bagata (Bhakta), Bathudi, Bedia, Bhadrawahi (Bhadri), Bhattri (Bhatra), Bhim, Bhottara (Dhotada), Burushas, (Hunzakot, Nagroshi ), Chenchu (Chenswar), Chero, Chik-Barik, Dehati (Deshiya), Gaddi (Pahari Bharmau), Gawar-Bati (Narisati), Gawari, Jatapu, Kaikadi, Kamar, Kanikkaran (Kani), Kannada, Kashtwari (Kistwali), Kawar (Kamari), Khetrani, Khowar (Chitralis), Koch (Banai, Konch), Kodagu (Coorg, Khurgi), Kolai (Kohistani-Shina), Kolam (Kulme), Koya (Koi, Kavor), Kumhali, Kurichiya, Kuruba (Urali), Kurumba (Southern Kannada), Laccadive Mappilla, Lodhi (Lodha), Majhwar, Manna-Dora, Mukha-Dora (Reddi), Nahari, Pahari Mandeali, Panika, Pao, Porja (Konda-Dora), Saharia (Sor), Shin (Sina, Dardi), Shina (Dras, Shin), Shumashti, Sinhalese (Singhalese), Sonha, Tangchangya, Telugu, Tipera (Tripuri), Tripuri (Tipera, Usipi), Yenadi (Yanadi, Yadi), Yerukala (Erukala)
Turkic S.E. Europe to the Uighur in China Islam Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Manchu, Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Uyghur, Uzbek, Balkan Gagauzi Turk, Crimean Tatar (Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan) Karachay (Alan), Kumyk (Kumuk, Khasav)
Tibetan/ Himalayan Tibet, Mongolia, Burma, Korea, Japan Buddhist Bhutanese, Gurung, Magar, South Himalaya, Tibetan, West China / Lolo
Thai/Dai South East Asia Buddhist Bouyei, Burmese, Dai Lu, Daic, East Katuic, Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Li, Lu, Manipuri, Miao-Yao, Mon-Khmer, Palaung, Shan, Tai Dam, Tai-Nung, Thai, Zhuang, Boloven (Love, Lawa), Brao (Proue, Love), Bru (Eastern, Western (Bru, Vankieu)), Bulang (Pula, Samtao), Cao Lan, Cham (Cambodia (Kampuchea), Laos, Vietnam ) Dong (Northern (Kam), Southern ),Hkun (Khun Shan) ( Myanmar, Thailand ), Khao, Khmu, Kui (Suai, Kuoy, Suei, Sui, Old Khmer) , Lahu, Lamet (Lemet), Lao Phuan ( Laos, Thailand ), Lao Song (Song), Lati (Phu La), Man Cao Lan, Mindat, Mru (Mro) ( Bangladesh, Myanmar, Niopreng, Mrung ) Muong (Thang, Wang), Nosu, Shengzha (Northern Yi, Lolo), Nyaw (Yo), Nyong, Ongbe (Be), Oy (Riyao), Phu Thai (Phuthai, Puthai), Roglai (Southern), Saek (Sek), Saek (Tai Sek), Shui (Sui), So (Kah So, So Makon), Stieng (Budip), Tai Red (Thai Deng), Tai Red (Tribal Tai), Tai White (Thai Trang) in (Laos, Vietnam ) Tho (Tai Tho, Tay), Yi (Lolo)
Sinitic East Asia Buddhist Chinese, Chinese-Hui, Hani, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Tujia, Yao / Mien
Malay Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia. Islam Aceh, Bajau-Bungku, Bali, Banjar, Barito, Betawi, Borneo-Kalimantan, Bugis, Dayak, Dayak Melayu, Gorontalo, Jambi, Jawa, Kaili / Tomini, Lampung, Madura, Malay, Mandailing, Melayu-Riau, Melayu-Sumatera, Minangkabau, Musi, Ogan, Pasemah, Philippine Tribal, South Philippine/Borneo Muslim, Sasak, Sunda, Tukangbesi, Jakun (Djakun), Temuan
Eurasian Yugoslavia, Caucasus and Russia. Islam Albanian, Bosnian, North Caucasus, Siberian/Arctic, Mingrelian (Laz, Zan), Pomak ( Bulgaria, Greece )
Jews Israel and around the world Judaism Amhara, Beta Israel, Caucasian Mountain Jew, German Jew, Jewish, Mountain Jews, Russian Jew, Spanish Jew (Hakitia)
Mexico, Papua-New Guinea, Central Africa - Maluku, South American Indigenous, Tohono O'odham (Papago)
Western - Modern World Agnostic Atheist, agnostic, rich, educated, young, teenager, adult, science, professors, educators, armed forces
Celebrities Agnostic Politicians, athletes, sports figures, entertainers, movie stars
Outcast Agnostic Poor, homeless, prisoners, prostitutes, elderly, minorities, slaves, untouchables, migrant workers, day workers, sex industry
Popular culture Agnostic Homosexual, bisexual, transgender, night clubs, bars, health clubs, addicts
Teenage Agnostic Teenage mothers, gang members, drug clubs, social clubs
Temporary Groups Agnostic Spring break mobs, conventions, University fraternities and sororities

The Gospel To Every Tongue
There are over 6,500 languages. Some of the scripture has been translated into 2,212 of these. 366 have the entire bible. 928 have the New Testament. John 3: 16 is in over 3,000 languages. 80% of the world have some of the scriptures in a language they can understand.

Language Tree
Tower of BabelEveryone spoke with the same language
Family BranchLanguageSpeakers (106)RegionScriptComputer
1 Indo-European Germanic Available English430GlobalLatiniso-8859-1, utf-8
Available German120Germany Latiniso-8859-1, utf-8
Yiddish-Hebrew utf-8
Available Dutch22Netherlands Latiniso-8859-1, utf-8
AfrikaansSouth AfricaLatiniso-8859-1, utf-8
Swedish9 North EuropeLatiniso-8859-1, utf-8
Danish5.4 Latiniso-8859-1, utf-8
Norwegian4.5 Latiniso-8859-1, utf-8
Icelandic0.3 Latiniso-8859-1, utf-8
Latin
(Romance)
Available Spanish310GlobalLatiniso-8859-1, utf-8
Available Portuguese175BrazilLatiniso-8859-1, utf-8
Available French115GlobalLatiniso-8859-1, utf-8
Available Italian63ItalyLatiniso-8859-1, utf-8
Romanian22RomaniaLatiniso-8859-1, utf-8
HellenicPlanned Greek11 GreeceCyrilliciso-8859-7, utf-8
Slavic Available Russian280Soviet UnionCyrillicwindows-1251, utf-8
Available Bulgarian7.6BulgariaCyrillicwindows-1251, utf-8
Available Polish39 PolandLatiniso-8859-2, utf-8
Planned Ukrainian48 UkraineCyrilliciso-8859-5, utf-8
Czech10 Czech RepublicCyrilliciso-8859-2, utf-8
Indic Planned Hindi320 IndiaDavanagari-
Planned Bengali185BangladeshDavanagari-
Urdu88PakistanNastaliq-
Punjabi75PakistanGurumukha-
Konkani- IndiaLatin-
OtherNepali, Assamese, Oriya, kashmiri, Sindhi, Gujerati, Sinhalese, Maldavian, Romany
2Altic Japonic Available Japanese125JapanChineseutf-8, EUC-JP
Korean Available Korean68KoreaHangulutf-8, euc-kr
MongolianMongolian, Buryat, Kalmyk
Tungusic Evenki, Lamut, Manchu, Nanai, Sibo
Turkic Turkish83 TurkeyLatin-
Other Azeri, Turkmen, Kazakh, Kirghiz, tatar, Bashkir, Uzbek, Uigur, Chuvash, Balkar, Nogai, Salar
3Sino-Tibetan Sinitic Available Mandarin900ChinaChineseutf-8, big-5, gb2312
Other Wu, Gan, Min, Hakka, Xiang, Cantonese, Yue
Tibeto-BurmanBurmese42 BurmaIndian-
Other Tibetan, Yi, Lisu, Moso, Lahu, Karen, Kachin, Chin, Bodo, Garo, Meithei, Lushei, Newari, Murmi, Jonkha, Mizo, Lepcha, Manipuri
TaiAvailable Thai62ThailandSouth Indianiso-8859-11, tis-620
Other Lao, Chuang, Puyi, Tung, Nung, Shan, kam-Sui, Zhuang, Li, Be
Southern Miao, Yao, She
4 Afro-Asiatic Semitic Available Arabic185Middle EastArabiciso-8859-6
Planned Hebrew- IsraelHebrewiso-8859-8
Maltese0.4 MaltaLatiniso-8859-1
Aramaic- Middle EastLatiniso-8859-1
Other Amharic, Tigrinya, Tigre, Aramaic, Gurage, Harari, Geez
Berber Shluh, Tamazight, Riffian, Kabyle, Shawia, Tuareg
Cushitic Somali, Galla, Sidamo, Beja, Afar, Saho
Chadic Hausa
5Austro-Asiatic Viet-MuongPlanned Vietnamese81 VietnamLatinwindows-1258
Muong -
Mon-khmer Khmer, Mon, Palaung, Wa, Bahnar, Sedang, Khasi, Nicobarese, So, Nancowry, Sengoi, Temiar
Munda Santali, Mundari, Ho, Savara, Korku
6Uralic Finnic Finnish, Estonian, Mordvin, Udmurt, Mari, Votyak, Komi, Sami
Ugric Hungarian, Ostyak, Vogul
Samoyed Nenets, Selkup, Nganasan, Enets, Kamas
YukaghirYukaghir-Eastern SiberiaPictogram-
7Malayo-Polynesian
Austronesian
Formosan Amis, Atayal, Paiwan, Tsou
Western Planned Indonesia140IndonesiaLatinutf-8
Malay IndonesiaLatin-
Available Tagalog85 PhilippinesLatiniso-8859-1
Other Javanese, Sundanese, Madurese, Visayan, Malagasy, Achinese, Batak, Buginese, Balinese, Ilocano, Bikol, Igorot, Maranao, Pampangan, Pangasinan, Jarai, Rhade, Cham
Micronesian Marshallese, Gilbertese, Chamorro, Ponapean, Yapese, Palau, Trukese, Nauruan
Melanesian Fijian, Motu, Yabim
Polynesian Maori, Uvea, Samoan, Tongan, Niuean, Rarotongan, Tahitian, Tuamotu, Marquesan, Hawaiian, Rapa, Nui
8Caucasian Kartvelian Georgian, Laz, Svan, Chan, Mingrelian
Abkhaz-Adyghean Abaza, Abkhaz, Adyghe, Kabardian, Circassian
Nakh Chechen, Ingush, Tsova-Tush
Daghestanian Tsez, Hunzib, Beshta, Avar, Andi, Chamali, Lak, Dargwa, Lezgian, Tabasaran, Tsakhur
9 Dravidian Southern Planned Tamil66South IndiaTamil-
Other Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tulu
Central Brahui, Gondhi, Kurukh, Kui
10Niger-Congo English and French appear to be the official languages of most of these nations. But this may only be among the educated.
Mande Mende, Malinke, Bambara, Dyula, Soninke, Susu, Kpelle, Vai, Loma
West AltanticFulani, Wolof, Serer, Dyola, Temne, Kissi, Gola, Balante
Voltaic Mossi, Gurma, Dagomba, Kabre, Senufo, Bariba
Kwa Yoruba, Ibo, Ewe, Twi, Fanti, Ga, Adangme, Fon, Edo, Urhobo, Idoma, Nupe, Agni, Baule, Kru, Grebo, Bassa
Bantu Luba, Kongo, Lingala, Mongo, Ruanda, Rundi, Kikuyu, Kamba, Sukuma, Nyamwezi, Hehe, Chagga, Makonde, Yao, Ganda, Nkole, Chiga, Gisu, Toro, Nyoro, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Bemba, Tonga, Lozi, Lwena, Lunda, Shona, Fang, Bulu, Yaundé, Duala, Bubi, Mbundu, Chokwe, Ambo, Herero, Makua, Thonga, Sotho, Tswana, Pedi, Swazi, Zulu, Matebele, Xhosa, Venda
Planned Swahili
Efik Efik, Ibibio, Tiv
Adamwan Mbum
Eastern Zande, Sango, Gbaya, Banda
Ijo Ijo
11Other There are over 100 language families
Available Languages supported by Teachinghearts and available.
Done Languages translated and waiting to be edited and loaded.
Planned Languages planned or being researched.

The Gospel To Every Nation
There are 268 nations, over six billion people. Two thirds of these are adults over fifteen years old. Among these nations there are 17,000 people groups. 8,600 of these people groups have less than 10,000 people. Each people group represents a different sub-culture separated by religion, race or language.

Global Demographics and Statistics (2002 Estimates)
Zone Country Population Language Religion
Population Estimates
Year Population
4230 B.C.2 (Creation)
2574 B.C.8 (Flood)
2474 B.C.2,000-10,000 (Babel)
31 250,000,000 (Crucifixion)
19001,619,626,000
19502,556,000,053
19703,706,618,163
2002 6,233,821,945
2003 6,314,861,630
2004 6,396,954,831
2005 6,480,115,244
2006 6,564,356,742
2007 6,649,593,380
2050 9,346,399,468
Language %Primary # Speakers
Religion %
Christians 32.88%
Catholics 17.39%
Protestants 5.62%
Orthodox 3.54%
Anglicans 1.31%
Muslims19.54%
Hindus13.34%
Buddhists5.92%
Sikhs0.38%
Jews0.24%
Other religions12.6%
No religion12.63%
Atheists2.47%
Mandarin Chinese 14.37 895,800,2131,075,000,000
Hindi (Hindustani) 6.02 375,276,081 496,000,000
English 5.61 349,717,411 514,000,000
Spanish 5.59 348,470,646 425,000,000
Bengali3.4 211,949,946 215,000,000
Russian2.75 171,430,103 275,000,000
Portuguese2.63 163,949,517 194,000,000
Japanese2.06 128,416,732 -
German1.64 102,234,679 -
Korean1.28 79,792,920-
French1.27 79,169,538 129,000,000
Arabic- - 256,000,000
Malay-Indonesian - - 176,000,000
English is the second most widely spoken language, but it is the third primary language.
Literate over 15 years old - 77%
Literate males - 83%
Literate females - 71%
World 6,233,821,945
4 Afghanistan 27,755,775 Persian (Dari) 50%, Pashtu 35% Sunni Muslim 84%, Shi'a Muslim 15%, other 1%
2 Albania 3,544,841 Albanian, Greek Muslim 70%, Albanian Orthodox 20%, Roman Catholic
0 Algeria Laws 32,277,942 Arabic, French Sunni Muslim (state religion) 99%, Christian and Jewish 1%
22American Samoa 68,688 Samoan, English Christian Congregationalist 50%, Roman Catholic 20%, Protestant and other 30%
1 Andorra 68,403 Catalan, French, Castilian, Portuguese Roman Catholic (predominant)
1 Angola 10,593,171 Portuguese indigenous beliefs 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15%
16Anguilla 12,446 English Anglican 40%, Methodist 33%, Seventh-Day Adventist 7%, Baptist 5%, Roman Catholic 3%, other 12%
16Antigua and Barbuda 67,448 English Christian, (predominantly Anglican with other Protestant, and some Roman Catholic)
15Argentina 37,812,817 Spanish Roman Catholic 92% (less than 20% practicing), Protestant 2%, Jewish 2%, other 4%
3 Armenia 3,330,099 Armenian 96%, Russian 2% Armenian Apostolic 94%, other Christian 4%, Yezidi (Zoroastrian/animist) 2%
16Aruba 70,441 Dutch, English Roman Catholic 82%, Protestant 8%, Hindu, Muslim, Confucian, Jewish
8-10Australia 19,546,792 English Anglican 26.1%, Roman Catholic 26%, other Christian 24.3%, non-Christian 11%, other 12.6%
1 Austria 8,169,929 German Roman Catholic 78%, Protestant 5%, Muslim and other 17%
3 Azerbaijan 7,798,497 Azerbaijani (Azeri) 89%, Russian 3% *Muslim 93.4%, Russian Orthodox 2.5%, Armenian Orthodox 2.3%, other 1.8%
17 Bahamas Excess AIDS death 300,529 English Protestant 74%, Anglican 20%, Roman Catholic 19%
4 Bahrain Laws 656,397 Arabic, English, Farsi, Urdu Shi'a Muslim 70%, Sunni Muslim 30%
6 Bangladesh 133,376,684 Bengali, English Muslim 83%, Hindu 16%, other 1%
16Barbados 276,607 English Protestant 67% (Anglican 40%, Pentecostal 8%, Methodist 7%, other 12%), Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%, other 12%
2 Belarus 10,335,382 Belarusian, Russian Eastern Orthodox 80%, other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20%
1 Belgium 10,274,595 Dutch 60%, French 40% Roman Catholic 75%, Protestant or other 25%
18Belize 262,999 English Roman Catholic 49.6%, Protestant 27% (Anglican 5.3%, Methodist 3.5%, Mennonite 4.1%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5.2%, Pentecostal 7.4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.5%), none 9.4%, other 14%
0 Benin Excess AIDS death 6,787,625 French, Fon and Yoruba indigenous beliefs 50%, Christian 30%, Muslim 20%
17Bermuda 63,960 English non-Anglican Protestant 39%, Anglican 27%, Roman Catholic 15%, other 19%
6 Bhutan 2,094,176 Dzongkha Lamaistic Buddhist 75%, Indian- and Nepalese-influenced Hinduism 25%
16Bolivia 8,445,134 Spanish Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist)
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3,964,388 Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian Muslim 40%, Orthodox 31%, Roman Catholic 15%, Protestant 4%, other 10%
2 Botswana Excess AIDS death 1,591,232 English, Setswana indigenous beliefs 85%, Christian 15%
15-16Brazil Excess AIDS death176,029,560 Portuguese Roman Catholic (nominal) 80%
16British Virgin Islands 21,272 English Protestant 86% (Methodist 33%, Anglican 17%, Church of God 9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 6%, Baptist 4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2%, other 2%), Roman Catholic 10%, none 2%, other 2%
8 Brunei 350,898 Malay, English, Chinese Muslim (official) 67%, Buddhist 13%, Christian 10%, indigenous beliefs and other 10%
3 Bulgaria 7,621,337 Bulgarian Bulgarian Orthodox 83.8%, Muslim 12.1%, Roman Catholic 1.7%, Jewish 0.1%, Protestant, Gregorian-Armenian, and other 2.3%
0 Burkina Faso Excess AIDS death 12,603,185 French indigenous beliefs 40%, Muslim 50%, Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) 10%
6 Burma
(Myanmar)
Excess AIDS death 42,238,224 Burmese Buddhist 89%, Christian 4% (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Muslim 4%, animist 1%, other 2%
3 Burundi Excess AIDS death 6,373,002Kirundi, French, Swahili Christian 67% (Roman Catholic 62%, Protestant 5%), indigenous beliefs 23%, Muslim 10%
7 Cambodia (Kampuchea)Excess AIDS death 12,775,324 Khmer 95%, French, English Theravada Buddhist 95%, other 5%
1 Cameroon Excess AIDS death 16,184,748 English, French, 24 other indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%
15-20Canada Publishing laws 31,902,268 English 59.3%, French 23.2% Roman Catholic 46%, Protestant 36%, other 18%
13Cape Verde 408,760 Portuguese Roman Catholic (infused with indigenous beliefs); Protestant (mostly Church of the Nazarene)
17Cayman Islands 36,273 English United Church (Presbyterian and Congregational), Anglican, Baptist, Church of God, other Protestant, Roman Catholic
2 Central African Republic Excess AIDS death 3,642,739 French indigenous beliefs 35%, Protestant 25%, Roman Catholic 25%, Muslim 15%
note: animistic beliefs and practices strongly influence the Christian majority
2 Chad 8,997,237 French, Arabic, Sara Muslim 51%, Christian 35%, animist 7%, other 7%
16Chile 15,498,930 SpanishRoman Catholic 89%, Protestant 11%, Jewish
8 China Laws1,284,303,705 MandarinAtheist, Taoist, Buddhist, Muslim 1%-2%, Christian 3%-4%
7 Christmas Island 474 English Buddhist 36%, Muslim 25%, Christian 18%, other 21%
7 Cocos (Keeling) Islands 632 Malay, English Sunni Muslim 80%, other 20%
17Colombia 41,008,227 Spanish Roman Catholic 90%
3 Comoros 614,382 Arabic, French Sunni Muslim 98%, Roman Catholic 2%
1-2Congo, Democratic Republic of the (Zaire) Excess AIDS death 55,225,478 French Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, other syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs 10%
1 Congo, Republic of the Excess AIDS death 2,958,448 French Christian 50%, animist 48%, Muslim 2%
10Cook Islands 20,811 English, Maori Christian (majority of populace are members of the Cook Islands Christian Church)
18Costa Rica 3,834,934 Spanish Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, other Protestant 0.7%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.3%, other 4.8%, none 3.2%
0 Cote d'Ivoire Excess AIDS death 16,804,784 French Christian 20-30%, Muslim 35-40%, indigenous 25-40% (2001)
note: the majority of foreigners (migratory workers) are Muslim (70%) and Christian (20%)
2 Croatia 4,390,751 Croatian Roman Catholic 76.5%, Orthodox 11.1%, Muslim 1.2%, Protestant 0.4%, others and unknown 10.8%
17Cuba 11,224,321 Spanish * 85% Roman Catholic, Protestants, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jews, and Santeria are also represented
2 Cyprus 767,314 Greek, Turkish, English Greek Orthodox 78%, Muslim 18%, Maronite, Armenian Apostolic, and other 4%
2 Czech Republic 10,256,760 Czech atheist 39.8%, Roman Catholic 39.2%, Protestant 4.6%, Orthodox 3%, other 13.4%
1 Denmark 5,368,854 Danish Evangelical Lutheran 95%, other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3%, Muslim 2%
3 Djibouti Laws 472,810 French, Arabic Muslim 94%, Christian 6%
16Dominica 70,158 English, French Roman Catholic 77%, Protestant 15% (Methodist 5%, Pentecostal 3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, Baptist 2%, rest 2%), none 2%, other 6%
17Dominican Republic 8,721,594 Spanish Roman Catholic 95%
8 East Timor 952,618 Tetum, Portuguese Roman Catholic 90%, Muslim 4%, Protestant 3%, Hindu 0.5%, Buddhist, Animist
17Ecuador 13,447,494 Spanish Roman Catholic 95%
2 Egypt Laws 70,712,345 Arabic Muslim (mostly Sunni) 94%, Coptic Christian and other 6%
18El Salvador 6,353,681 Spanish Roman Catholic 83%
1 Equatorial Guinea 498,144 Spanish, French nominally Christian and predominantly Roman Catholic, pagan practices
3 Eritrea 4,465,651Afar, Amharic, Arabic, Tigre and Kunama, Tigrinya Muslim, Coptic Christian, Roman Catholic, Protestant
2 Estonia 1,415,681 Estonian, Russian, Ukrainian, Finnish Evangelical Lutheran, Russian Orthodox, Estonian Orthodox, Baptist, Methodist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Word of Life, Jewish
3 Ethiopia Excess AIDS death 67,673,031 Amharic, Tigrinya, Oromigna, Guaragigna, Somali, Arabic Muslim 45%-50%, Ethiopian Orthodox 35%-40%, animist 12%, other 3%-8%
16 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) 2,967 English Anglican, Roman Catholic, United Free Church, Evangelist Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, Lutheran, Seventh-Day Adventist
0 Faroe Islands 46,011 Faroese, Danish Evangelical Lutheran
12Fiji 856,346 English Christian 52% (Methodist 37%, Roman Catholic 9%), Hindu 38%, Muslim 8%, other 2%
note: Fijians are mainly Christian, Indians are Hindu, and there is a Muslim minority
2 Finland 5,183,545 Finnish Evangelical Lutheran 89%, Russian Orthodox 1%, none 9%, other 1%
1 France Religious minority laws 59,765,983 French Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%
15French Guiana 182,333 French Roman Catholic
20French Polynesia
Tahiti
257,847 French, Tahitian Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%
1 Gabon Excess AIDS death 1,233,353 French Christian 55%-75%, animist, Muslim less than 1%
0 Gambia 1,455,842 English Muslim 90%, Christian 9%, indigenous beliefs 1%
2 Gaza Strip 1,225,911 Arabic, Hebrew, English Muslim (predominantly Sunni) 98.7%, Christian 0.7%,Jewish 0.6%
3 Georgia Laws 4,960,951 Georgian 71%, Russian 9%, Armenian 7% Georgian Orthodox 65%, Muslim 11%, Russian Orthodox 10%, Armenian Apostolic 8%, unknown 6%
1 Germany 83,251,851 German Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3%
0 Ghana Excess AIDS deat 20,244,154 English Christian 63%, Muslim 16%, indigenous beliefs 21%
0 Gibraltar 27,714 English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese Roman Catholic 76.9%, Church of England 6.9%, Muslim 6.9%, Jewish 2.3%, none or other 7%
3 Greece Conversion laws 10,645,343 Greek Greek Orthodox 98%, Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7%
13-16Greenland 56,376 Greenlandic, Danish, English Evangelical Lutheran
17Grenada 89,211 English Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 13.8%, other Protestant 33.2%
17Guadeloupe 435,739 French Roman Catholic 95%, Hindu and pagan African 4%, Protestant 1%
10Guam 160,796 English Roman Catholic 85%, other 15%
18Guatemala 13,314,079 Spanish Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs
0 Guernsey 64,587 English, French Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, Congregational, Methodist
0 Guinea 7,775,065 French Muslim 85%, Christian 8%, indigenous beliefs 7%
0 Guinea-Bissau 1,345,479 Portuguese indigenous beliefs 50%, Muslim 45%, Christian 5%
15Guyana Excess AIDS death 698,209 English Christian 50%, Hindu 35%, Muslim 10%, other 5%
17 Haiti Excess AIDS death 7,063,722 French Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 16% (Baptist 10%,Pentecostal 4%, Adventist 1%, other 1%), none 1%, other 3% (1982) Voodoo (50%)
1 Holy See (Vatican City) 900 Italian Roman Catholic
18Honduras Excess AIDS death 6,560,608 Spanish Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant minority
8 Hong Kong 7,303,334 Chinese (Cantonese), English eclectic mixture of local religions 90%, Christian 10%
2 Hungary Laws 10,075,034 Hungarian Roman Catholic 67.5%, Calvinist 20%, Lutheran 5%, atheist and other 7.5%
0 Iceland 279,384 Icelandic, English, German Evangelical Lutheran 87.1%, other Protestant 4.1%, Roman Catholic 1.7%, other 7.1% (2002)
5 IndiaConversion laws 1,045,845,226 Hindi 30%, English, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri, Sindhi, and Sanskrit; Hindustani Hindu 81.3%, Muslim 12%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other groups including Buddhist, Jain, Parsi 2.5%
7-8Indonesia 231,328,092 Bahasa Indonesia, English, Dutch Muslim 88%, Protestant 5%, Roman Catholic 3%, Hindu 2%, Buddhist 1%, other 1%
3 Iran Laws 66,622,704 Persian (Farsi) 58%, Turkic 26% Shi'a Muslim 89%, Sunni Muslim 10%, Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Baha'i 1%
3 Iraq 24,001,816 Arabic, Kurdish Muslim 97% (Shi'a 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%),Christian or other 3%
0 Ireland 3,883,159 English Roman Catholic 91.6%, Church of Ireland 2.5%, other 5.9%
2 Israel 6,029,529 Hebrew, Arabic, English Jewish 80.1%, Muslim 14.6% (mostly Sunni Muslim), Christian 2.1%, other 3.2%
1 Italy 57,715,625 Italian predominately Roman Catholic with mature Protestant and Jewish communities and a growing Muslim immigrant community
17 Jamaica 2,680,029 English Protestant 61.3% (Church of God 21.2%, Baptist 8.8%, Anglican 5.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 9%, Pentecostal 7.6%, Methodist 2.7%, United Church 2.7%, Brethren 1.1%, Jehovah's Witness 1.6%, Moravian 1.1%), Roman Catholic 4%, other, including some spiritual cults 34.7%
9 Japan 126,974,628 Japanese Both Shinto and Buddhist 84%, other 16% (including Christian 0.7%)
0 Jersey 89,775 English, French Anglican, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Congregational New Church, Methodist, Presbyterian
2 Jordan 5,307,470 Arabic, English Sunni Muslim 92%, Christian 6% (majority Greek Orthodox, but some Greek and Roman Catholics, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Protestant denominations), other 2% (several small Shi'a Muslim and Druze populations)
6 Kazakhstan 16,741,519 Russian 95%, Kazakh 64.4% Muslim 47%, Russian Orthodox 44%, Protestant 2%, other 7%
3 Kenya Excess AIDS death 31,138,735 English, Swahili Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, indigenous beliefs 10%, Muslim 10%, other 2%
12Kiribati 96,335 Kiribati, English Roman Catholic 52%, Protestant (Congregational) 40%, some Seventh-Day Adventist, Muslim, Baha'i, Latter-day Saints, and Church of God
9 Korea, North Laws 22,224,195 Korean Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo
9 Korea, South 48,324,000 Korean Christian 49%, Buddhist 47%, Confucianist 3%, Shamanist, Chondogyo, and other 1%
3 Kuwait 2,111,561 Arabic, English Muslim 85% (Sunni 70%, Shi'a 30%), Christian, Hindu, Parsi, other 15%
5 Kyrgyzstan 4,822,166 Kyrgyz, Russian Muslim 75%, Russian Orthodox 20%, other 5%
7 Laos 5,777,180 Lao, French, English Buddhist 60%, animist and other 40% (including various Christian denominations 1.5%)
2 Latvia 2,366,515 Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox
2 Lebanon 3,677,780 Arabic, French, English, Armenian Muslim 70% (including Shi'a, Sunni, Druze, Isma'ilite, Alawite or Nusayri), Christian 30% (including Orthodox Christian, Catholic, Protestant), Jewish
2 Lesotho Excess AIDS death 2,207,954 Sesotho, English, Zulu, Xhosa Christian 80%, indigenous beliefs 20%
0 Liberia 3,288,1 8 English 20% indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%
2 Libya Laws 5,368,585 Arabic, Italian, English Sunni Muslim 97%
1 Liechtenstein 32,842 German Roman Catholic 76.2%, Protestant 7%, unknown 10.6%, other 6.2% (June 2002)
2 Lithuania 3,601,138 Lithuanian, Polish, Russian Roman Catholic (primarily), Lutheran, Russian Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical Christian Baptist, Muslim, Jewish
1 Luxembourg 448,569 Luxembourgish, German, French Roman Catholic, few Protestants, Jews, and Muslims
8 Macau 461,833 Portuguese, Chinese (Cantonese) Buddhist 50%, Roman Catholic 15%, none and other 35%
1 Macedonia
(Yugoslav)
2,054,800 Macedonian 70%, Albanian 21%, Turkish 3% Macedonian Orthodox 67%, Muslim 30%, other 3%
3 Madagascar 16,473,477 French, Malagasy indigenous beliefs 52%, Christian 41%, Muslim 7%
3 MalawiExcess AIDS death 10,701,824 English, Chichewa Protestant 55%, Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 20%, indigenous beliefs 3%, other 2%
7 Malaysia 22,662,365 Bahasa Melayu, English, Chinese Muslim, Buddhist, Daoist, Hindu, Christian, Sikh; note - in addition, Shamanism is practiced in East Malaysia
5 Maldives Laws 320,165 Maldivian Dhivehi Sunni Muslim
0 Mali 11,340,480 French, Bambara 80% Muslim 90%, indigenous beliefs 9%, Christian 1%
2 Malta 397,499 Maltese, English Roman Catholic 98%
0 Isle of Man 73,873 English Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Society of Friends
10Marshall Islands 73,630 English, Marshallese Christian (mostly Protestant)
17Martinique 422,277 French Roman Catholic 95%, Hindu and pagan African 5%
0 Mauritania Laws 2,828,858 Arabic, Wolof Muslim 100%
4 Mauritius 1,200,206 English, French Hindu 52%, Christian 28.3% (Roman Catholic 26%, Protestant 2.3%), Muslim 16.6%, other 3.1%
4 Mayotte 170,879 Mahorian, French 35% Muslim 97%, Christian (mostly Roman Catholic)
18Mexico 103,400,165 Spanish * Roman Catholic 89%, Protestant 6%, other 5%
10Micronesia, Federated States of 135,869 English Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 47%
3 Moldova 4,434,547 Moldovan, Russian Eastern Orthodox 98%, Jewish 1.5%, Baptist and other 0.5%
1 Monaco 31,987 French Roman Catholic 90%
8 Mongolia 2,694,432 Khalkha Mongol 90%, Turkic, Russian Tibetan Buddhist Lamaism 96%, Muslim (primarily in the southwest), Shamanism, and Christian 4%
17Montserrat 8,437 English Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Seventh-Day Adventist, other Christian denominations
0 Morocco Laws 31,167,783 Arabic, French Muslim 98.7%, Christian 1.1%, Jewish 0.2%
3 Mozambique Excess AIDS death 19,607,519 Portuguese indigenous beliefs 50%, Christian 30%, Muslim 20%
1 Namibia Excess AIDS death 1,820,916 Afrikaans, German, English 7%, Christian 80% to 90% (Lutheran 50% at least), indigenous beliefs 10% to 20%
12Nauru 12,329 Nauruan, English Christian ( Protestant 67%, Roman Catholic 33%)
6 Nepal 25,873,917 Nepali Hinduism 86.2%, Buddhism 7.8%, Islam 3.8%, other 2.2%
1 Netherlands 16,067,754 Dutch Roman Catholic 31%, Protestant 21%, Muslim 4.4%, other 3.6%, unaffiliated 40%
17Netherlands Antilles 214,258 Dutch Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Seventh-Day Adventist
10New Caledonia 207,858 French Roman Catholic 60%, Protestant 30%, other 10%
12New Zealand 3,908,037 English Anglican 24%, Presbyterian 18%, Roman Catholic 15%, Methodist 5%, Baptist 2%, other Protestant 3%, unspecified or none 33%
18Nicaragua 5,023,818 Spanish Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant
1 Niger 10,639,744 French Muslim 80%, remainder indigenous beliefs and Christian
1 NigeriaExcess AIDS death129,934,911 English Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous beliefs 10%
22Niue 2,134 Niuean, English Ekalesia Niue (Niuean Church - a Protestant church closely related to the London Missionary Society) 75%, Latter-Day Saints 10%, other 15% (mostly Roman Catholic, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventist)
10Norfolk Island 1,866 English Anglican 37.4%, Uniting Church in Australia 14.5%, Roman Catholic 11.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3.1%, none 12.2%, unknown 17.4%, other 3.9% (1996)
9 Northern Mariana Islands 77,311 English Christian (Roman Catholic majority, although traditional beliefs and taboos may still be found)
1 Norway 4,525,116 Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran 86% (state church), other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3%, other 1%, none and unknown 10%
4 Oman Laws 2,713,462 Arabic, English Ibadhi Muslim 75%, Sunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim, Hindu
5 Pakistan 147,663,429 Punjabi 48%, Sindhi 12%, Siraiki 10%, Pashtu 8%, Urdu 8%, English Muslim 97% (Sunni 77%, Shi'a 20%), Christian, Hindu, and other 3%
10Palau 19,409 English and Palauan Christian (Roman Catholics 49%, Seventh-Day Adventists, Je ovah's Witnesses, the Assembly of God, the Liebenzell Mission, and Latter-Day Saints), Modekngei religion (33%)
18Panama 2,882,329 Spanish, English Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant 15%
9-10Papua New Guinea 5,172,033 pidgin English and 715 languages Roman Catholic 22%, Lutheran 16%, Presbyterian/Methodist/London Missionary Society 8%, Anglican 5%, Evangelical Alliance 4%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1%, other Protestant 10%, indigenous 34%
16Paraguay 5,884,491 Spanish Roman Catholic 90%, Mennonite, and other Protestant
17Peru 27,949,639 Spanish Roman Catholic 90%
8 Philippines 84,525,639 Filipino (tagalog), English Roman Catholic 83%, Protestant 9%, Muslim 5%, Buddhist and other 3%
9 Pitcairn Islands 47 English Seventh-Day Adventist 100%
1 Poland 38,625,478 Polish Roman Catholic 95% (about 75% practicing), Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, and other 5%
0 Portugal 10,084,245 Portuguese Roman Catholic 94%, Protestant
16Puerto Rico 3,957,988 Spanish, English Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%
4 Qatar Laws 793,341 Arabic, English Muslim 95%
4 Reunion 743,981 French Roman Catholic 86%, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist
3 Romania 22,317,730 Romanian, Hungarian, German Eastern Orthodox 87%, Protestant 6.8%, Catholic 5.6%, other (mostly Muslim) 0.4%, unaffiliated 0.2%
9 Russia 144,978,573 Russian Russian Orthodox, Muslim, other
3 Rwanda Excess AIDS death 7,398,074 Kinyarwanda, French, English, Swahili Roman Catholic 56.5%, Protestant 26%, Adventist 11.1%, Muslim 4.6%, indigenous beliefs 0.1%, none 1.7% (2001)
0 Saint Helena 7,317 English Anglican (majority), Baptist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Roman Catholic
17Saint Kitts and Nevis 38,736 English Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic
16Saint Lucia 160,145 English Roman Catholic 90%, Protestant 7%, Anglican 3%
16Saint Pierre and Miquelon 6,954 French Roman Catholic 99%
16Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 116,394 English Anglican 47%, Methodist 28%, Roman Catholic 13%, Hindu, Seventh-Day Adventist, other Protestant
12Samoa 178,631 Samoan, English Christian 99.7% (about one-half of population associated with the London Missionary Society; includes Congregational, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Latter-Day Saints, Seventh-Day Adventist)
1 San Marino 27,730 Italian Roman Catholic
1 Sao Tome and Principe 170,372 Portuguese Christian 80% (Roman Catholic, Evangelical Protestant, Seventh-Day Adventist)
3 Saudi Arabia Laws 23,513,330 Arabic Muslim 100%
0 Senegal 10,589,571 French, Wolof, Pulaar, Jola, Mandinka Muslim 94%, indigenous beliefs 1%, Christian 5% (mostly Roman Catholic)
2 Serbia and Montenegro
(Yugoslavia)
10,656,929 Serbian 95%, Albanian 5% Orthodox 65%, Muslim 19%, Roman Catholic 4%, Protestant 1%, other 11%
4 Seychelles 80,098 English, French Roman Catholic 86.6%, Anglican 6.8%, other Christian 2.5%, other 4.1%
0 Sierra Leone 5,614,743 English, Mende, Temne, Krio understood by 95% Muslim 60%, indigenous beliefs 30%, Christian 10%
7 Singapore 1992 Religious Harmony Act 4,452,732 Chinese, Malay, Tamil, English Buddhist (Chinese), Muslim (Malays), Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Taoist, Confucianist
1 Slovakia 5,422,366 Slovak, Hungarian Roman Catholic 60.3%, atheist 9.7%, Protestant 8.4%, Orthodox 4.1%, other 17.5%
1 Slovenia 1,932,917 Slovenian 91%, Serbo-Croatian 6% Roman Catholic (Uniate 2%) 70.8%, Lutheran 1%, Muslim 1%, atheist 4.3%, other 22.9%
11Solomon Islands 494,786 Melanesian pidgin Anglican 45%, Roman Catholic 18%, United (Methodist/Presbyterian) 12%, Baptist 9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 7%, other Protestant 5%, indigenous beliefs 4%
3 Somalia Laws 7,753,310 Somali, Arabic, Italian, English Sunni Muslim
2 South Africa Excess AIDS death 43,647,658 Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu Christian 68% (includes most whites and Coloreds, about 60% of blacks and about 40% of Indians), Muslim 2%, Hindu 1.5% (60% of Indians), indigenous beliefs and animist 28.5%
0 Spain 40,077,100 Spanish 74%, Catalan 17% Roman Catholic 94%, other 6%
6 Sri Lanka
(Ceylon)
19,576,783 Sinhala 74%, Tamil 18%, English 10% Buddhist 70%, Hindu 15%, Christian 8%, Muslim 7% (1999)
3 Sudan Persecution 37,090,298 Arabic Sunni Muslim 70% (in north), indigenous beliefs 25%, Christian 5% (mostly in south and Khartoum)
16Suriname 436,494 Arabic, English Hindu 27.4%, Muslim 19.6%, Roman Catholic 22.8%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), indigenous beliefs 5%
0 Svalbard 2,868 Russian, Norwegian No information
2 Swaziland Excess AIDS death 1,123,605 English, siSwati Zionist (a blend of Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship) 40%, Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 10%, Anglican, Bahai, Methodist, Mormon, Jewish and other 30%
1 Sweden 8,876,744 Swedish Lutheran 87%, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist
1 Switzerland 7,301,994 German 63.7%, French 19.2%, Italian 7.1%Roman Catholic 46.1%, Protestant 40%, other 5%, none 8.9% (1990)
2 Syria Laws 17,155,814 Arabic, Kurdish, Armenian Sunni Muslim 74%, Alawite, Druze, and other Muslim sects 16%, Christian (various sects) 10%, Jewish
8 Taiwan 22,548,009 Mandarin Chinese mixture of Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist 93%, Christian 4.5%, other 2.5%
6 Tajikistan 6,719,567 Tajik , Russian Sunni Muslim 85%, Shi'a Muslim 5%
3 Tanzania Excess AIDS death 37,187,939 Swahili, English mainland - Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35%; Zanzibar - more than 99% Muslim
7 Thailand Excess AIDS death 62,354,402 Thai, English Buddhist 95%, Muslim 3.8%, Christian 0.5%, Hindu 0.1%, other 0.6%
0 Togo Excess AIDS death 5,285,501 English indigenous beliefs 51%, Christian 29%, Muslim 20%
12Tokelau 1,431 Tokelauan , English Congregational Christian Church 70%, Roman Catholic 28%, other 2%
12Tonga 106,137 Tongan, English Christian (Free Wesleyan Church claims over 30,000 adherents)
16Trinidad and Tobago 1,163,724 English Roman Catholic 29.4%, Hindu 23.8%, Anglican 10.9%, Muslim 5.8%, Presbyterian 3.4%, other 26.7%
2 Tunisia Laws 9,815,644 Arabic, French Muslim 98%, Christian 1%, Jewish and other 1%
2 Turkey 67,308,928 Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic, Armenian, Greek Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)
5 Turkmenistan 4,688,963 Turkmen 72%, Russian 12%, Uzbek 9% Muslim 89%, Eastern Orthodox 9%, unknown 2%
17Turks and Caicos Islands 18,738 English Baptist 40%, Methodist 16%, Anglican 18%, Church of God 12%, other 14% (1990)
12Tuvalu 11,146 Tuvaluan, English, Samoan, Kiribati Church of Tuvalu (Congregationalist) 97%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1.4%, Baha'i 1%, other 0.6%
3 Uganda Excess AIDS death 24,699,073 English Roman Catholic 33%, Protestant 33%, Muslim 16%, indigenous 18%
2 Ukraine 48,396,470 Ukrainian, Russian, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian Ukrainian Orthodox - Moscow Patriarchate, Ukrainian Orthodox - Kiev Patriarchate, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic (Uniate), Protestant, Jewish
4 United Arab Emirates Laws 2,445,989 Arabic, Persian Muslim 96% (Shi'a 16%), Christian, Hindu, and other 4%
0 United Kingdom 59,778,002 English Anglican and Roman Catholic 40 million, Muslim 1.5 million, Presbyterian 800,000, Methodist 760,000, Sikh 500,000, Hindu 500,000, Jewish 350,000
16-21United States 280,562,489 English Protestant 56%, Roman Catholic 28%, Jewish 2%, other 4%, none 10% (1989)
15Uruguay 3,386,575 Spanish * Roman Catholic 66%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, other 31%
4 Uzbekistan 25,563,441 Uzbek 74.3%, Russian 14.2% Muslim 88% (mostly Sunnis), Eastern Orthodox 9%, other 3%
11 Vanuatu 196,178 English, French Presbyterian 36.7%, Anglican 15%, Roman Catholic 15%, indigenous beliefs 7.6%, Seventh-Day Adventist 6.2%, Church of Christ 3.8%, other 15.7% (including Jon Frum Cargo cult)
16Venezuela 24,287,670 Spanish * Roman Catholic 96%, Protestant 2%, other 2%
7 Vietnam Laws 81,098,416 Vietnamese, English Buddhist, Hoa Hao, Cao Dai, Christian (predominantly Roman Catholic, some Protestant), indigenous beliefs, Muslim
17Virgin Islands 123,498 English, Spanish Baptist 42%, Roman Catholic 34%, Episcopalian 17%, other 7%
12 Wallis and Futuna 15,585 French Roman Catholic 99%, other 1%
2 West Bank 2,163,667 Arabic, Hebrew, English Muslim 75% (mostly Sunni), Jewish 17%, Christian and other 8%
0 Western Sahara 256,177 Arabic Muslim
3 Yemen Laws 18,701,257 Arabic Muslim including Shaf'i (Sunni) and Zaydi (Shi'a), small numbers of Jewish, Christian, and Hindu
2 Zambia Excess AIDS death 9,959,037 English Christian 50%-75%, Muslim and Hindu 24%-49%, indigenous 1%
2 Zimbabwe Excess AIDS death 11,376,676 English (Part Christian, part indigenous beliefs) 50%, Christian 25%, indigenous beliefs 24%, Muslim and other 1%
TeachingHearts Challenges and Progress
Countries where over 25% of the world population speaks a language available at teachinghearts. Only English has been edited.
Population Represented by Teachinghearts
LanguagesCountries %
English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Thai, Arabic, Russian 168 64%
Dutch, Norwegian 10 0.7%
Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic
Ukrainian, Farsi, Polish, Turkish 5 4.2%
Czech, Romanian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Slovenian, Croatian 7 1.1%
Vietnamese, Malay, Indonesian, Tagalog 4 6.7%
Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Gurmukhi, Marathi, Gujarati 4 19%
Punjabi, Urdu 2 1.3%
Swahili 4 0.6%
Total planned 232 92%
Countries where the population speaks a language that will be available soon at teachinghearts.
Countries where the population speaks a language that is being planned for teachinghearts.
  61 countries are not adequately represented by teachinghearts. 20 are in the 10/40 region. 16 are planned. 40 have at least 10% representation. 92% of the population will eventually be represented.
  10/40 Window or resistant belt. God will make a way. I do not believe that war is the way. In fact it might bring resentment. I believe that the prophetic arguments will make this highly religious group reexamine the claims of Christianity.
Excess death rate due to AIDS. The Gospel can help by bringing hope and a change in lifestyle to fight this disease.
LawsReligious persecution, or laws unfriendly to spreading the gospel.

Communications
The challenge of communications is voice and data. Voice communications needs to reach people at a time and place when they are available. Such communication is through radio, television, satellite and the various stored media (tapes, video and CD).

Regional Satellite Coverage Global Satellite Coverage
  1. Eutelsat-HotBird 3 (Europe)
  2. Telstar 12 (Europe)
  3. Intelsat 907 (Africa)
  4. AsiaSat 2 (Asia)
  5. New Skies 703
  6. IS-701 (South Pacific)
  7. Galaxy 3C (North America)
  8. New Skies 806 (South America)
The footprint of three satellites cover most of the earth.
  1. New Skies 806 covers North and South America.
  2. New Skies 703 covers Europe, Africa, 80% of Asia and the 10/40 window.
  3. AsiaSat covers Asia, Australia and the South Seas.
Languages by Time Zone
Zone Satellite Languages Population
0 ABCEEnglish, Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish + 284,079,422
1 ABCEFrench, German, Portuguese, Polish, Dutch, Italian, Afrikaans, Swedish, Hungarian, English 487,962,632
2 ABCEDArabic, Albanian, Greek, Turkish, Russian, English 437,925,148
3 ABCEDArabic, English, French, Armenian, Romanian, Hungarian, German + 467,708,297
4 ABCEDUzbek, Russian, Arabic, Pashtu, Persian, French, English 62,123,569
5 ABCED Hindi, Punjabi, English, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Russian, Sindhi, Pashtu + 1,203,339,949
6 EDBengali, Burmese, Dzongkha, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil, Tajik, Russian, English 246,620,870
7-8 EDBahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, Melayu, English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil, French, Dutch 420,449,617
8 EDFChinese, Filipino, Mongol, English, Portuguese, Malay 1,403,140,468
9 DFRussian, Japanese, Korean, English (0.02%) 342,578,754
8-11 EFEnglish, French, Maori, Marshallese, Palauan, pidgin English, Melanesian pidgin 26,030,028
12 FEnglish, French, + 5,185,977
13 ABCEPortuguese 408,760
15-21 GHUnited States, Canada and Greenland. English, Spanish, French, Danish 312,521,133
15 GHSpanish, English, French 42,079,934
16 GHEnglish, Spanish, French 236,508,823
17 GHSpanish, English, French, Dutch 113,846,682
18 GHSpanish, English 141,632,613
20 HFrench, Tahitian 257,847
22 HEnglish, Samoan 70,822
All -Sign language for the deaf and hearing impaired (10%) 6,233,821
All -Braille for the blind (17.6 Million in the United States) 180,000,000
Internet Statistics (March 2003)
Language Percent Million
English 35.2% 238.5
Chinese 11.9% 80.6
Japanese 10.3% 69.7
Spanish 8.1% 54.8
Korean 4.2% 28.4
Italian 3.6% 24.1
French 3.3% 22.7
Portuguese 2.8% 19.3
Russian 2.7 18.4
Scandinavian 2% 13.5
Malay 1.2% 8.1
Arabic 0.8% 5.5
Thai, Vietnamese 3.4
Farsi, Hebrew 6
Hungarian, Czech, Romanian 8
Slovak, Slovenian, Serbo-Croatian 2.7
The time zone statistics show the challenges of conveying the gospel by satellite. But the whole world can be taught the principal lessons. Simultaneous instruction every day for 8 to 14 days could teach the world the essentials of the gospel and the prophetic warnings.

If done by time zone, the whole world could hear this message in a year.

The internet statistics show the opportunities available by language. It could be used to provide written information to support the verbal instruction by satellite and television.

Data communication is through the mail, books, news papers and the internet.

Even if we were able to solve the technical and logistics problems of printing and broadcasting the message in every language, there is still no communication if people cannot listen or do not want to listen.
How can we solve that? This is the work of the Holy Spirit. But we must be ready when the opportunity occurs. And God will not create His opportunity if we are not ready to support these people.

Some of the reasons why the communication is being blocked is because of the barriers that exist.

Religions
Abraham (2147 BC)
Issac (had 12 sons) Ishmael (had 12 sons)
Jews Muslims (Mohammed)
Jews Christians (Jesus Christ) Shia Kharijite Sufi Sunni
Messianic Jews CatholicOrthodox • Twelvers
• Seveners
• Fivers
Ibadhi • Nakshbandi
• Mouridism
• Alawiya
• Tidjani
• Hanafi
• Malakite
• Shafi'ite
• Hanbalite
ProtestantCatholicOrthodox
• Jews
• Kaballah
• Jews for Jesus
  • Lutheran (1517)
  • Mennonite (1525)
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    Sabbath Churches
    Jews
    Jews for Jesus
    Seventh Day Adventist
    Seventh Day Baptist
    Worldwide Church of God
    Church of God, Seventh Day
    There are other Sabbath churches
    Christian Unification Movements
    Ecumenical 1960's Unite on common interests under Catholicism
    Charismatic 1960's Authority of the inner leading of the Holy Spirit
    Liberal Christianity 1960's Ignore the teachings of the Bible.
    New Age 1970's Add Eastern ideas to Christianity
    Liberal 1970's All religions and prophets sent by God
    All unification movements use a new source or standard of Authority.
    One World Religions
    Religion Date Method Origin
    Baha'i 1844 Liberal, Equality Muslim
    Unification Church1955New Age Buddhist
    Unitarian Universalist1959New Age, Liberal Christian

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    Eastern Religions
    Religion Date Characteristics Population Region
    Hindu 1500 BCPolytheistic 831,000,000 India
    Buddhist 535 BCPolytheistic 369,042,259 China
    Sikhism 1530 ADMonotheistic 23,688,000 India
    Taoism 440 BCPolytheistic 22,000,000 Taiwan
    Jainism 420 BCPolytheistic 4,360,000 India
    Shinto 500 BCNature worship 2 - 40 million Japan
    Spiritualist
    Swedenborg 1747 Occult
    Mormon 1830 Spirit beings need human bodies
    Spiritualism 1848 Kate and Margaret Fox contact the dead
    Christian Science 1879 Science
    Scientology 1955 Science and philosophy

    Barriers
    Religions of the 10/40 Window
    The Successors of Muhammad (Mohammed)
    # Prophets or ImamsShiaSunni
    Twelvers Baha'i SevenersFivers
    - 1 Abu Bakr Rejected Not the best Abu Bakr
    2Umar Umar
    3UthmanRejected Uthman
    14Ali (Son-in-law of Mohammed by his daughter Fatimah)
    2Hasan No other Imams recognized
    3Husain (Husayn)
    4Zain-Ul-Abdin
    5Mohammed Baqir Zayd
    6Jafir As Sadiq Elected other Imams
    7Musa Kazim Isma'il
    8Ali Reza No other Imams recognized
    9Mohammed Taqui
    10Ali Naqi
    11Hasan Askari
    12Mohammed al-Muntazar Baha'u'llah
    Hidden Imam (Madhi) MuntazarBaha'u'llahIsma'il ZaydNone
    Population Iran, Iraq, LebanonIran, USAIndia, Pakistan, East Africa YemenSaudi Arabia, Indonesia. Many others

    Religious Laws
    Most Islamic countries have laws preventing the spreading of the gospel. India has recently started a campaign of nationalism in which the Hindu religion is protected and missionary activity is increasingly forbidden.
    In Western countries, mostly those with a Catholic or Orthodox majority, various anti-cult laws and laws against freedom of speech have been enacted. There are targeted at curbing the growth of Protestant missions, but are promoted as laws that promote social order and religious tolerance.
    For example, In Canada two people were punished for posting the biblical condemnation of homosexuality. It is also illegal to "incite religious hatred".

    These broad definitions prevents most Protestants from preaching about the moral code of the Bible and the warnings listed in prophecy. Any of these issues will offend some group and can be classified as teaching hatred. All these teachings are commanded by Christ and the community will soon find itself at odds with democratic societies. It virtually assures that religions such as Unitarian Universalists that are based on personal preferences will survive.

    Even though these laws might lead to that scenario, prophecy predicts something else. The laws will make it harder for the church of God to give the prophetic warnings, but it is Catholicism and religious intolerance that will survive.

    Modern Western Culture
    The rich modern western culture pursues the wealth of the world instead of a knowledge of God. Their gods are science and technology.
    Messianic Expectations
    Jews Messiah
    Christians Jesus Christ, the Messiah
    Catholics Mary
    Muslim Jesus (Isa)
    Imami Shiite Mohammed ibn al-Hanifiyah (the Madhi), the twelfth imam
    Ismaili Shiite Ismail, the seventh imam
    Zaydii Shiite Zayd, the fifth imam
    Druze al-Hakim, Hamza and al-Muqtana
    New Age Maitreya
    Buddhist Maitreya, the fifth incarnation of Buddha
    Hindu Krishna, Kalki the tenth incarnation of Vishnu
    Zoroastrians The ninth Avatar, Shah-Bahram
    Toltec Quetzalcoatl
    UFO watchers Aliens
    Adventists Satan (False Christ)
    Adventists Christ
    Baha'i Bahaullah is the promised one of all religions who returned in 1844
    Unification church Reverend Sun Myung Moon
    Others William Branham, David Koresh, Sergei Torop, Jim Jones
    Many faiths believe in the return of a messianic figure who will save the world and establish their religion. Both the forces of Good and evil are preparing the world for a supernatural appearance. Atheists and others might interpret such an event as the arrival of a super human race of aliens.
    Religion, if any, is based on rejection of any moral divine code and acceptance of personal experience and sense of duty to pursuit of human concerns. This self-made religion tends to embrace eastern religions. Hollywood tends to accept Buddhism and scientology. Scientology sponsors many programs: Citizen's Commission on Human Rights, World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, Applied Scholastics International, The Way to Happiness Foundation, Criminon International, Narcanon International, and Association for Better Living (ABLE).

    The Signs Of The End
    Why do I have this urgency? This impending sense of something ... world changing ... ordered by God ... coming soon?
    It is because of the converging signs that seem to be on an ever increasing spiral. The rate of occurrence of significant events have changed from hundreds of years, to decades to years until now when we seem to be in a six month loop. And this is from observation of public events. Many of the remaining support structures and alliances must be done in secret.

    Many religions believe in the coming of a Promised one. Some believe that he already came. But, Christianity involves a series of signs that are converging at a much faster rate. Jesus describes the period before the second coming like a woman in child birth. The birth pains increase with greater frequency until the child is delivered.
    This is now occurring with the rapid convergence of more signs which will culminate in the domination of the world by the last two powers. We have progressed from a period of decades passing before a significant event occurs to the present time when something significant occurs every six to twelve months.
    The kingdom of God is about to be born, and like a normal pregnancy the baby will start doubling in size and the pain will increase in intensity until the birth.

    Babylon Returns - The United States in Prophecy
    One observation that I have made about the war in Iraq is this - I thought that the 1991 defeat of Iraq was symbolic of the old Babylon being defeated by the new Babylon. It was a symbolic transition of power. A beacon in time for those who expect the United States to become Babylon.

    However, the implication of this latest action means that the United States must be deeply involved in the affairs of Iraq for several years - if only to rebuild the country. This means that the prophecy goes beyond the symbolism of the United States acting like Babylon. We might technically be governing Iraq.
    We are in control of Babylon.
    We have physically become Babylon.

    So, for those of us who interpret prophecy in this way, we have more ammunition.
    God actually placed this country in the physical location of the old Babylon with power, just in time for the predictions of Revelation 13 - 18 to be fulfilled.

    We should look carefully at the prophecy of the king of the north in the last part of Daniel 11. Because this invading force will be successful for a time. It will affect every one except the son of Ammon (Jordan). But it will come to its end and no one will help it.

    Bold Predictions
    Let me be bold in saying the following:

    Convergence
    The following systems are converging toward the climax of an attempted one world religion at the end.

    The Gospel Will Be Preached
    It is obvious that we cannot do this alone. The population is growing faster than the church and secularism is clouding the minds of many. We have reached the point where we have established a good communications network.
    If God's people will humble themselves, and pray, and turn from their wicked ways, turn from their pursuit of a dying world - then He will hear and He will come and He will finish the work in one glorious outpouring of power.

    Some media can reach the poor and the illiterate. Others are for those who have access to technology. However, establishing a presence in all these areas is necessary. Because, there will be a time when the whole world will be searching for religious information and we must be ready and available.

    Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28: 19 Time: 80 minutes
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