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.
Many smaller islands have no known evangelical witness. There are evangelicals in several Pentecostal and Independent churches and small groups within the older churches. YWAMs new base in Rarotonga could be instrumental in rejuvenating the churches of the Cook Islands and beyond. Pray for an outpouring that would see older churches revived, new churches planted and every island with the presence of active believers.
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.