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.
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The West African nation of Gabon is bisected by the Equator. To the north lies Cameroon and to the east and the south is Congo. The tiny country of Equatorial Guinea is bordered by Gabon on two sides. Gabon is a large nation with an area of nearly 268,000 sq km (103,000 sq miles). The population, made up largely of Bantu Tribes, stands at about 1.3 million people making Gabon a rather sparsely populated country.
The area of Gabon was thought to be originally populated by Pygmies. The present population is largely descendant of Bantu ethnic groups which entered the area after 1300. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to stake a claim in the area, arriving in 1483. France gained control in 1842; the French Navy was pivotal in suppressing the slave trade out of Gabon. The French released captives at a place on the coast that was named Libreville (Libertyville), which later became the capital. Gabon achieved independence from France in 1966, though France has continued to play a role in the country’s politics and oil-based economy. Gabon introduced a multi-party system in 1991 which was designed to allow a greater political voice for the many ethnic groups. Gabon is a republic with a single legislative body known as the National Assembly.
Economically, Gabon is still largely under developed. Significant oil reserves and about a quarter of the world manganese deposits are important segments of Gabon’s domestic product. Still largely covered by tropical rain forest, Gabon exports valuable timber and wood products. Despite these resources, half of the population still survives as subsistence farmers.
73 % Christian, 12% Islam , 10% traditional indigenous religious beliefs , and 5 percent practice no religion.
Clinton J. Holloway
National Profiles Editor
Revised by Gary Holloway, December 5, 2013
For further historical reference:
Churches of Christ Around the World, Lynn, Mac, 21st Century Christian Publications, Nashville, TN, 2003.
Disciples of Christ Historical Society, 1101 19th Avenue, South, Nashville, TN (USA) 37212, Telephone: 615 327 1444
Website: http://www.discipleshistory.org (provides links to other historical sites/databases).