Hannover International Bible Church
Friday, May 20, 2022
Where Nations Meet to Worship!


Pray for the Nation of Mauritania



About the country

Population: 2,669,547
Capital City: Nouakchott
Language: Arabic, French, various tribal languages.
Religion: Islam
Government: Multi-Party Democracy (1992)
Climate: There is no rainy season, just hot-and -dry and hotter-and-dry. Rainfall is almost totally absent in the Sahara region. From June to August, temperatures average about 40C (104F), although along the coast, breezes keep the temperatures down a little. Many places can register temperatures below freezing at any time of year. The most tolerable weather occurs between November and February, when it's hot and sunny during the day, but cooling off in the evenings with southerlies blowing in from the desert. From June to October it's very hot all the time, but bearable for brief visits. Avoid visiting there between March and May since there will be a constant blast of sand and hot wind during those months.
Location: About the same size as New Mexico or twice the size of France. Mauritania shares its borders with Morocco, Algeria, Mali and Senegal. It is about 60% desert- a figure that increases relentlessly as the Saharan sand spreads southwestward towards the sea.
Literacy Rate: 38%
Culture: Mauritania is the only country in West Africa ruled by people with a nomadic heritage. A combination of Islamic, French and traditional African influences, Mauritanian culture underpins society, but rarely raises its head in ostentatious ways. The Moors' social activities often revolve around the traditional glass of Arab tea with mint. With 99% of the population Sunni Muslim, religion provides a superficial unity between Moors and Black Africans. Traditionally nomadic Mauritania is not the best destination if you're looking for flamboyant, joyous displays of culture.

Prayer Points

  1. Humanitarian work is being done by a handful of expatriate Christian organizations. Pray that it may make the love of Christ real to the poor of Mauritania, and that God will use it as a witness.*
  2. Mauritanians in other lands present an opportunity. Mauritanian traders and herdsmen have spread over many countries in Africa - Mali (90,000), Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissua, and Côte d'Ivoire. Over 200,000 of those in Senegal were forced to flee to Mauritania in 1989; many are still refugees. Pray that these scattered people may be evangelized by all means. It is only in north Senegal that a long-term ministry among them has developed (WEC International).*
  3. Pray for Christian expatriates stationed in Mauritania - that they might effectively live out the love of Christ and find innovative means to do so.
  4. Pray for the few believers in the nation - for their strength, growth, perseverance, courage, wisdom, and protection.
  5. Pray for a sovereign demonstration of signs and wonders in the Lord's name to shake the people.
  6. Pray for efforts to reach Mauritanians outside of the nation and to impact them with the claims of the gospel.
  7. Pray for the last vestiges of slavery to be destroyed. The government has taken positive steps to make this a reality.
  8. Pray for the poor of Mauritania. They suffer greatly and need a demonstration of Christian compassion - a real opportunity.
  9. Pray for a sustained burden and sustained intercession by believers for this and other closed nations.

  10. Pray for the salvation of lost souls in Mauritania.       
    * Quoted from Operation World with kind permission from Global Mapping International and Patrick Johnstone
    ---from www.hesed.com/arzouni/mauritania.html

Moors of Mauritania  

In Mauritania, you may be black or white, but if you speak one of the Hassaniya dialects, you are a Moor. The language draws heavily from original Yemeni Arabic spoken by the early Bani Hassan tribe.
But in 1999, Mauritania's president said that his nation needed to get away from educating their children in an Arabic dialect. He said, "Arabized educational curricula limit and isolate us, and the one who is isolated is a hopeless case." He wants his people to have a command of "sciences and technology in the age of globalization."
He has good reason to want change. According to Operation World, Mauritania is one of the poorest countries in the world with one-third of the children suffering from malnutrition. Mauritania's cooperation with the World Bank's economic policies has made the poor even poorer. In an attempt to address human needs, the government is allowing more and more non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to assume responsibility for human services.
But their needs are far more than physical. There is little response to the gospel among any of Mauritania's peoples, including the White and Black Moors who together make up 70 percent of the population.

Pray that the Lord will save key leaders and use them to bring physical and spiritual relief to this suffering nation.


Black Moors of Mauritania

The constitution of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania guarantees freedom of conscience and religious liberty. However, this freedom does not extend to 99.7 percent of the population. This vast majority is made up of Muslims who could be imprisoned or even executed for converting to another religion.
Most of the population of Mauritania is made up of the Moors. Moors are generally a nomadic people distinguished not by skin color, but by a common language-Hasaniya. However, their society is separated into four separate class divisions based on race. White Moors make up the two higher classes and Black Moors the lower two.
Though abolished by the Mauritanian government, slavery remains an important part of the hierarchy of Moor society. Black Moor slaves are separated into two types: the 'abd-le-tilad, who belong to the family, and 'abd-le-tarbiya, who have been captured or acquired by some other means.
Various strategies at reaching these people with the gospel have been unsuccessful. Though some Christian resources are available in Hasaniya, the Bible has not been fully translated. Pray that the Black Moors of Mauritania will be able to hear of Christ's redeeming love in their own language and respond without fear.   


Fula Macina people of Mauritania and Senegal  

Ninety nine percent of these 130,000 people follow the Muslim faith, yet there are ongoing efforts to reach them with the gospel. One mission agency is targeting them through the JESUS Film and Christian radio. The New Testament is available for them as well, but apparently they don't recognize their need, for there have been only token results.

Ask God to raise up prayer teams which will begin breaking up the spiritual soil through faithful intercession. Pray that the Fula Macina people will soon respond to the JESUS Film and radio broadcasts.

Learn about the Bambara people of Mauritania.

Who are the 
Zenaga people?

Who are the
Soninke, and what are their needs?

Find out about the
Tukalor people group.

Learn more about the Moors.


Hannover International Bible Church is an English language ministry serving the international community in Hannover, Germany.