|Department of Martinique|
Area 1,091 sq.km. A volcanic island the most northerly of the Windward Islands, and 100km north of its sister island, Guadeloupe.
Capital Fort-de-France 100,000.
Afro-Caribbean (black and mixed) 94%.
Asian-Caribbean 2.3%. Mainly Tamil 7,000; also Chinese, Vietnamese.
French 2.7%. Including local land-owning Beke.
Other 1%. Syrian 500.
Literacy 93%. Official language French. A French Creole Patois is widely spoken.
Based on sugar, bananas, manufacture of rum and tourism. Heavily dependent on French aid. Unemployment 27%. Public debt 4% of GNP. Income/person $10,000 (32% of USA).
A French possession since 1635. An overseas department of France since 1946. The land-owning Martinique French Beke still control much of the economy more so than in Guadeloupe.
There is freedom of religion.
1 Martinique has periodically suffered from major volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in 1902 Mt. Pelée erupted killing 30,000. Pray that the population of this beautiful isle may see their basic instability and be shaken out of their carelessness to the things of God.
2 The churches. There are growing numbers of evangelical congregations among the Baptist (SBC), Assemblies of God and Mission Chrétienne Evangélique. Pray for the grounding of these churches in the Word, and the calling of young people into full-time service. Many Christians come from dysfunctional families and a background of immorality and drug abuse.
3 Christian literature. CLC operates a well-used bookstore which sells and lends books and tapes. Over 3,000 French Bibles are sold annually through the store. Pray that more local churches may see the value of Christian literature for spiritual growth and for evangelism.
4 There are 300,000 Guadeloupans and Martiniquans living in France, where they are known as Antilleans. They comprise a large minority in many Parisian evangelical churches. Pray for the witness of these believers. WT has established three churches amongst Antilleans in the Paris area.
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