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Botswana


Botswana

Location of  Botswana  (dark blue)– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)– in the African Union  (light blue)  —  [Legend]

World Convention is currently building a global reference for the  countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 165. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 194 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.

Rather than waiting for comprehensive, complete information we are putting up the details we have available. If you can correct or add to this information, please contact the World Convention Office with details at gary@worldconvention.org.

Background

The countries that border Botswana are Namibia on the northwest, Zambia on the narrow strip of north, Zimbabwe on the east, and South Africa on the east and south. Geographically the country is flat and up to 70% of Botswana is covered by the Kalahari Desert. The population is just over 2 million. Gaborone  is the capital and largest city with a population of 231,626.

Religion

70% Christian, with Anglicans, Methodists, and the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa being the most numerous. There are also Lutherans, Roman Catholics, Seventh-day Adventists, Baptists, the Dutch Reformed Church, Mennonites, and others. 20% claim no religion.

Stone-Campbell Presence

Patrick Selemela, Dean Troyer, and Mike Tanaro from American Churches of Christ came to Botswana in 1974, eventually forming a church in Gaborone. Jerry and Edith Sullins start the Botswana School of Biblical Studies in 1988, but the school moved to Zambia in 1996.

Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has a partnership with the Botswana Christian Council, Botswana Synod – United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA), and Kgolagano Theological College.

The Gaborone Disciples of Christ congregation is associated with International Churches of Christ.

 

Created by Gary Holloway September 12, 2013, revised November 13, 2013.

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