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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The evangelical presence has grown, predominantly due to the more recent arrivals. Large numbers have immigrated from Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia, but evangelical growth is not even. There are several English-speaking churches and many congregations using Papiamento. Pray for a greater impact on the Asian immigrant population.
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%).
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.