The Republic of Gabon lying on the west coast of Africa is a country of 2.2 million people. French is the official language, while 32% speak Fang followed closely by Mbere and Sira. All of the indigenous languages of the country are part of the Bantu family. Many of which do not have written forms.
Ninety percent of the population lives in towns or cities. The capital city, Libreville has a population of 700,000. Three quarters of the population is under the age of 30yrs.
Interestingly enough, Gabon has a per capita incomes 4 times most sub-Saharan countries. Land wise the country is slightly smaller than the state of Colorado, 11% of which is National Park. Three-fourths of the country is covered by rainforest. It has a climate of year round high temperatures and humidity.
Almost half of the population is Roman Catholic. The largest Protestant body is the Evangelical Church of Gabon. As you think of Gabon and it’s Roman Catholic influence think of Spurgeon’s words as to whether they are still in need of the gospel when he said, “The Catholic mass is a mass of abominations, a mass of hell’s own concocting, a crying insult against the Lord of glory. It is not to be spoken of in any terms but those of horror and destestation. Whenever I think of another sacrifice for sin being offered, by whomever it my be presented, I can only regard it as an infamous insult to the perfection of the Savior’s work.” Gabon needs gospel preaching missionaries.