Prayer Country of the Week: Netherlands
With a rich Christian heritage forged in the Protestant Reformation, the Netherlands has long been a vibrant part of the Church. Sadly, much of that heritage has been lost as the nation increasingly turns its back on its Christian roots. Less than 20 percent of the Dutch people attend church regularly, and half of all church buildings have been destroyed or repurposed as taverns, mosques, etc. The nation is a world leader in promoting New Age world-views, and more than 47% of the population does not claim a religion at all. While great opportunities exist for reaching out to the Muslim minority because of cultural discrimination, Christians are becoming afraid to speak out against what is wrong because of the tolerance that the society prides itself on having. The Netherlands desperately needs spiritual revival so that the multitudes of lost across the nation would be saved.
Capital City: Amsterdam
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Major People Groups: Dutch 77.4%, EU 6.2%, Turkish 2.3%, Moroccan 2.3%, Indonesian 2.1%, Surinamese 2%, other 7.7%
Religion: Roman Catholic 23.7%, Protestant 15.5%, Islam 4.9%, other 5.7%, Non 50.1%
GDP Per Capita: $53,600
Literacy Rate: 99%
How Hope Fellowship Can Pray:
The Netherlands need pray for revival, especially among the younger generation. While the older generation faith seems to be based on heritage and tradition, the younger generation has turned it’s back on religion or turned to New Age world-views. This country is in need of Christians willing to share the love of Christ with others.