Area: 267,515 sq km
Two mountainous main islands 1,600 km southeast of Australia.
Population: 4,303,457 Annual Growth: 0.92%
Official language: English, Maori. Samoan widely spoken Languages: 22 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The increasing presence of other religious and spiritual options presents a challenge for Christians. The influx of immigrants from other faith backgrounds is an opportunity for Kiwis to share the gospel cross-culturally. More pressing, though, is the permeation of society with New Age spirituality. Its individualistic, non-structural, nature-attuned character appeals to many who are disillusioned with Christianity. Pray for ways for the gospel to be shared in an engaging and relevant manner; Jesus is still attractive to many who are turned off by organized religion.
Specialized Christian ministries:
a) Radio Rhema has wide coverage and listenership throughout the country (10% of the population tune in at least weekly). Programmes are also produced for young people (Life FM). Besides Rhemas three radio networks across the country, they also broadcast nonstop as a Christian cable TV station.
b) Alpha Courses grew phenomenally across the country with over 1,000 churches involved. Courses such as Alpha and Christianity Explored are proving fruitful.
c) Prison ministries are active in many prisons. Many prisoners have been converted. Pray for them in the difficulties they face following their release.
For an additional 5 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 Zealand.