Area: 18,734 sq km
One large 400 km-long island, the Loyalty Islands, and other smaller coral islands 1,400 km northeast of Australia.
Population: 253,743 Annual Growth: 1.56%
Official language: French Languages: 41 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Most Kanaks are Christianized and most villages have a church, but the gospel is often confused with Western culture. Animist practices usually underlie a Christian veneer. Pray for pastors to discern between tradition and the pure gospel, and that a truly biblical, truly Kanak church may continue to grow and demonstrate the power of Jesus over the evil one.
Many older churches are spiritually stagnant. Most Caledoche (descendants of former French prisoners and settlers) are culturally Catholic but lack genuine faith. Pray for:
a) Spiritual awakening among Catholics. Most are Caledoche and only nominally religious.
b) Unity and reconciliation among Christians wounded by division. The Free Evangelical Church is divided between the more liberal and the more charismatic and evangelical believers.
c) House groups and independent churches with signs of dynamic spiritual life to mature and expand as a vital part of New Caledonian Christianity.
d) The interdenominational Bible school to be soundly established and to grow.
e) Club Biblique Street, an interdenominational Christian childrens club (YWAM-connected), to evangelize and disciple both churched and unchurched children.
For an additional 4 Challenges 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 New Caledonia.