|Commonwealth of Dominica|
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.
A high rate of emigration to USA, Canada and UK. There are probably more expatriate Dominicans than indigenous.
Capital Roseau 9,133. Urbanites 30%.
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.
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).
Dominica had the British Caribbean's first Black-majority government for a period in the 19th Century. Independent in 1978 as a democratic republic.
Freedom of religion
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.
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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