Area: 236 sq km
Over 100 coral atolls and volcanic islands 3,500 km northeast of New Zealand, 15 of which are inhabited.
Population: 19,933 Annual Growth: 0.87%
Official language: English, Cook Island Maori Languages: 6 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The strong Christian legacy of over 150 years bordering on theocracy on some islands is fading rapidly. Increasing numbers are nominal or even non-religious, and Mormons and Jehovahs Witnesses are the fastest growing groups. Pray for reversal of these trends and for new life to come to the mainline Churches.
Migration to New Zealand for employment creates another means of bringing new life into the islands. Around 90% of Niueans, 75% of Tokelauans and over 67% of Cook Islanders now live in New Zealand. Pray for those who remain, that despair and decline would not take hold, but that there would instead be a renaissance of Island culture. Pray for the Island churches in Auckland and other New Zealand cities, for new life there and for those finding it to bring it back to their homelands.
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 Cook Islands.