Area: 193 sq km
An island 28 km north of Venezuela. Dry and sandy with no fresh water and few natural resources.
Population: 107,380 Annual Growth: 1.23%
Official language: Dutch, Papiamento (a Creole of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English, Indian and African languages) Languages: 5 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Unity among believers is a key issue for the diverse churches in Aruba. Division can undermine any numerical growth of believers. The greatest threat to this unity is the importation of alien theology, church culture and preaching style common among the televangelists and prosperity preachers seen on foreign Christian TV. Praise God for increased fellowship and cooperation among pastors, enabling evangelicals to present a united front and impact society on issues such as homosexual marriage legislation, teen drug addiction and the high rate of illegitimate births (about 50%).
Media. There are three Christian radio stations on Aruba: Radio Victoria (originally TEAM) and two others broadcast to Aruba and the Venezuelan coast. TWR broadcasts to Bonaire on its FM station and internationally through shortwave and the Internet. The gospel is also proclaimed on programmes that appear on secular radio and TV. Pray for the enduring fruitfulness of these strategic ministries.
For an additional Challenge for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Aruba.