This region’s statistics are as follows:

Population:

  • According to the United Nations there are 44 countries in Europe today. The total populace of these countries is over 741 million. 

  • Russia is the most populous country in this region with a population of 143,895,551. Germany is the second most populated country with a population of 82,438,639. The U.K. and France follow with each having a populace of over 65 million. 

  • Italy, Spain, Ukraine, and Poland each have a population which are estimated from 38 million up to 59 million. 

  • The rest of the countries have significantly lower populations in comparison to the previously mentioned countries. 

  • The most commonly spoken languages in the world originated in Europe.  The most commonly spoken languages in Europe respectively are:  Russian, German, French, Italian, English, Polish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Romanian and Dutch. 

  • Geographically, the Middle East is a region that is located in Western Asia and extends into Egypt.  There are a total of 17 countries that make up this region. 

  • The Middle East has an estimated population of over 411 million, which includes 13 million Arab migrants. 

  • The five most populous countries in this region are: Iran with roughly 82 million, Turkey with around 79 million, Iraq with 37 million, Saudi Arabia with a little under 28 million and Yemen with almost 27 million. 

  • There are five languages spoken throughout the Middle East:  Persian, Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish and Berber.  Arabic is the most spoken language, with Persian taking 2nd place.  In many Middle Eastern countries, English is taught and used as a second language. 

  • The population of the Middle East is expected to continue rapid growth in the foreseeable future due to the following factors: after the introduction of modern medicine and sanitation measures, mortality rate of death rates dropped dramatically, and the birth rates remained steady leading to a high rate of natural increase across the region.

Religion: 

  • Pew Research Center reports that although Christianity is the largest religious group in Europe, its Christian population is expected to drop by about 100 million people, falling from 553 million in 2010 to 453 million in 2050. 

  • Europe’s Jewish population also is expected to shrink from 1.4 million in 2010 to 1.2 million in 2050. 

  • Europe’s Muslim population is projected to increase by 63%, growing from 43 million in 2010 to 71 million in 2050. 

  • The religiously unaffiliated population in Europe is expected to grow about 16% from 140 million in 2010 to 162 million by 2050. 

  • Hindus, Buddhists, members of the folk religions and members of other religions in Europe are expected to experience large gains relative to their 2010 population size, but none of these groups is forecast to exceed 3 million people in 2050. 

  • Most of the people in the Middle East practice Islam, and they are referred to as Muslims. 

  • Islam is the dominant religion in all of the Middle Eastern states except Israel and Palestinian areas.

Global Children’s Network Involvement: 

  • Latvia is bordered by Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, Russia to the east, and Belarius to the southeast, and shares a maritime border with Sweden to the west.  Jack Eggar serves on the board of Bridge Builders International, a ministry out of Salem, Oregon working in Latvia.  Jack is working with the founder and president, Charles Kelley, on a plan to meet with national leaders during the month of July in Riga, the capital city of Latvia.  This will also open the door to Estonia.

  • Our International Project Manager, Aurora de Rodriguez, and her husband Gilberto, visited the head of the Evangelical Association of Spain in October of 2018.  There were also a number of pastors attending this meeting with Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez.  The invitation was given, and the door is wide open for GCN to begin operations. 

  • Portugal is a coastal nation in southwestern Europe.  GCN has trained 72 Master Trainers and 165 leaders in this region.  We have partnered with 87 churches to start the Malachi Kids Club.  These 87 churches are discipling 1,300 children.
     

GCN supports the 4-14 Window movement, a global Christian mission movement focused on evangelizing children between the ages of 4 and 14 years old.  A growing number of churches will benefit from our training conferences, digitally based Resource Room, and a network enabling pastors and leaders around the world to connect with each other as well as contribute ideas and best practices.  Come make a difference with us in the lives of thousands of children and youth.  You are not only needed, but you are also wanted.  Ask us to assist you in anyway possible. 

References:


Johnstone, Patrick. Biblica, The Future of the Global Church. Biblica, 2011.; Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009.; (Online). Available: www.undergod.procon.org www.worldpopulationreview.com, www.worldometers.info,
www.Nationsonline.org, www.worldpopulationview.com,
www,pewform.org, www.cotf.edu , www.humanreligions.org

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