Flags of the Nations: Benin

The national flag of Benin consists of two horizontal yellow and red bands on the fly side and a green vertical band at the hoist. The yellow and green allude to the northern savannas and palm groves located in the south of the country, while the red symbolizes the blood shed by those who fought for Dahomey. The yellow, green, and red are also the Pan-African colors.

Since September 1, 2009, the Church of the Nazarene's Global Ministry Center (GMC) proudly flies a flag each week of one of the many nations in which the denomination is present in ministry. Leaders were invited to send a national flag to be flown at the GMC alongside the flag of the United States*. The national flags rotate weekly, and photos of them raised are sent to the church leaders of that country.

This week: Benin

The Church of the Nazarene officially entered Benin in 1998.

Benin had a population of 10,741,458 in 2016. That same year, Benin reported 1,217 Churches of the Nazarene, 884 of which had been officially organized. Benin has 55,864 total members.

Located on the Africa Region, Benin has three Phase 2 districts. For more information about the Africa Region, visit africanazarene.org.

* = The weekly highlighted flag is raised on the middle of three poles in compliance with U.S. government protocols. It flies to the left of the GMC host-nation United States flag, which flies above the host-state flag of Kansas. The Christian flag flies on the third pole.

The Global Ministry Center is the mission and service hub of the Church of the Nazarene.

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