PRAY FOR DALOA, CÔTE D’IVOIRE
Located in west-central Republique du Côte d'Ivoire (Republic of Ivory Coast), Daloa is a town at the intersection of major north-south and east-west routes. It is the chief collecting point for a forest region that sends coffee, cocoa, kola nuts, and timber (sipo) to the coast for export. Daloa is also a local trade centre for rice, cassava, yams, bananas, and cotton. Daloa has several sawmills, a rural technical institute (1967), and a regional office of the Department of Agriculture.
Ivory Coast has about 25 million inhabitants (or Ivoirians) comprised of approximately 60 different ethnic groups. A majority of the people are Muslim, followed by Christians, and lastly numerous animists and followers of ancient cults. Due to the diversity of the ethnic groups there is a stark contrast in the traditions and languages, however, the official language is French. The five main local languages are the Diula (Dioula), Baule (Baoulé), Dan, Anyin and Senari.
Land and Climate
Bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Ghana and Liberia, Ivory Coast has an area of 322,500 km² (124 500 sq. mi.) This is slightly larger than the state of New Mexico. The terrain is mostly comprised of forests. The climate is tropical along the coast and dry in the far north. Between November and March the overall climate is warm and dry.
The natural resources in Ivory Coast include: petroleum, natural gas, diamonds, manganese, iron ore, cobalt, bauxite, copper, gold, nickel, tantalum, silica sand, clay, cocoa beans, coffee and palm oil. The main exports are coffee and cocoa beans, but also include bananas, palm kernels, corn, rice, manioc (tapioca), sweet potatoes, sugar, cotton, rubber and timber. Fuel, equipment, and foodstuffs are the most common imports. Currency used in Ivory Coast (as well as countries such Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger among others) is the Communaute Financiere Africaine franc.
- Pray for the religious tension that is in the area, and that people of other faiths will receive Christ during the Campaign.
- Our team will be driving thousands of miles across the treacherous African roads with our technical equipment and flying to the Campaign from across the world. Please pray for their safe travel.
- Many churches and church leaders will be involved in the organising of the Campaign and follow-up system of new converts. Please pray for the logistics and relationships involved.
- Logistically, every Campaign is a challenge. Please pray for smooth running of the operations.
Sources: https://www.britannica.com/place/Daloa ; https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/iv.html ; http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/cote_d_ivoire.htm#History