Area: 36,000 sq km
A mountainous island 160 km east of mainland China, together with the Penghu archipelago and the islands of Matsu and Kinmen close to the mainland. One of the world’s most densely populated countries.
Population: 23,561,660 Annual Growth: 0.58%
Official language: language and language of education Mandarin. Hoklo and Hakka are widely spoken Languages: 28 All languages
Largest Religion: Chinese
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Taiwans controversial and ambiguous political status as a de facto independent state, yet a de jure renegade province of China generates frequent tension, domestically and internationally. Claiming independence would almost certainly bring a hostile, even military response from China. Domestically, the focus is therefore on improving socio-economic conditions. Pray for wisdom for leaders and that peaceful and mutually beneficial relations might be established for the long term. Recent trade agreements between the two nations offer positive signs.
Support ministries for prayer:
a) Christian literature. Much is now being published of both local and foreign origin. The Bible Society offers Scriptures in nine languages. The Book of Hope has been distributed to over 500,000 in public schools.
b) Electronic resources such as Scripture on mobile phones, the Bible in MP3 format and several Christian websites are all vital tools for reaching the tech-savvy Taiwanese.
c) Visual media. Christian agencies produce ever-more-professional material. Good TV and ORTV are on the leading edge of Christian broadcasting, producing and broadcasting excellent gospel material for the whole Chinese-speaking world.
For an additional 9 Challenges 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 Republic of China, Taiwan.