Dominica
Commonwealth of Dominica
April 25
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GEOGRAPHY

Area 750 sq.km. A hurricane-prone, rugged, mountainous island between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique and ruled by France until 1759. This has determined much of its religious and cultural development.

Population Ann.Gr. Density
2000 70,714 -0.06% 94 per sq. km.
2010 71,045 +0.08% 95 per sq. km.
2025 73,442 +0.29% 98 per sq. km.

A high rate of emigration to USA, Canada and UK. There are probably more expatriate Dominicans than indigenous.

Capital Roseau 9,133. Urbanites 30%.

PEOPLES

Afro-Caribbean 96.3%.

Amerindian 2.4%. Caribs 1,700, the descendents of the original inhabitants, but considerably intermarried with the Afro-Caribbean people.

Other 1.3%. Euro-American 400, East Indian 300, Syrian 200, Chinese 150.

Literacy 90% (but functionally nearer 75%). Official language English.

ECONOMY

Dependence on export of bananas to the EU. Threatened by the ending of its protected market, diversification of the economy is being attempted. Eco-tourism in Dominica's beautiful interior is increasing, but the huge costs for constructing an international airport are controversial. HDI 0.776; 53rd/174. Public debt 38% of GNP. Income/person $3,090 (10% of USA).

POLITICS

Dominica had the British Caribbean's first Black-majority government for a period in the 19th Century. Independent in 1978 as a democratic republic.

RELIGION

Freedom of religion

Religions Population % Adherents Ann.Gr.
Christian 94.90 67,108 -0.1%
Spiritist 2.70 1,909 +0.7%
Baha'i 1.70 1,202 +1.2%
Chinese/Buddhist 0.20 160 n.a.
Hindu 0.20 141 n.a.
Muslim 0.20 140 n.a.
non-Religious/other 0.10 71 +0.0%

Christians Denom. Affil.% ,000 Ann.Gr.
Protestant 12 18.95 13 +2.7%
Independent 6 3.51 2 +1.0%
Anglican 1 0.57 0 +0.0%
Catholic 1 79.62 56 -0.3%
Marginal 1 1.56 1 +5.8%
Doubly affiliated   -9.31 -7 n.a.

Churches MegaBloc Cong. Members Affiliates
Catholic C 18 29,788 56,300
Seventh-day Adventist P 20 4,228 5,400
Methodist [2] P 4 1,100 2,200
All Baptist [4] P 26 921 2,000
Other Pentecostal [4] I 14 877 1,465
Christian Union P 16 900 1,300
Ch of God of Prophecy P 6 520 1,300
Jehovah's Witnesses M 8 354 1,100
Gospel Mission Chs I 15 560 900
Ch of God (Cleveland) P 3 200 500
Anglican A 3 267 400
Other denoms [3]   7 488 820
Doubly affiliated     -3,300 -6,600
Total Christians [22]   140 37,003 67,285

Trans-bloc Groupings pop.% ,000 Ann.Gr.
Evangelical 13.5 10 +2.2%
Charismatic 8.3 6 +1.7%
  Pentecostal 4.6 3 +2.5%

Missionaries from Dominica
P,I,A 4, all in Dominica.

Missionaries to Dominica
P,I,A 30 in 11 agencies from 2 countries: Korea 17, USA 9.


Challenges for Prayer

1 Historically Dominica has been and remains predominantly Catholic, but Evangelical Christians have increased from 2% in 1970 to over 13% in 2000. The Association of Evangelicals has been providing good leadership. There has been interest in a saturation church-planting programme. Pray for continued growth in the gospel witness.

2 The challenges faced by the churches. Pray about these:

a) Due to the economic situation, many pastors have to work at a second job to support themselves. Pastoral 'burn-out' is a problem.

b) Almost the entire population is God-fearing and open to spiritual things, yet there is much complacency and moral laxness. Over 75% of children are born out of wedlock despite their parents' profession of Christianity. Formerly, slave owners forbade their slaves from marrying which caused a distortion of moral, and Scriptural, principles. Pray for this curse of slavery to be broken, a right understanding of Scriptural principles to be gained, and a spirit of repentance be given to all.

3 The Carib Indians live on an isolated reservation on the northeast coast of Dominica. They are the last of the indigenous peoples in the Caribbean to survive the arrival of colonialism and subsequent waves of immigrants. Most are nominally Christian, but few have a living faith in Christ. Pray that these socially deprived people may find their true identity and fulfilment in Him.

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