|Department of Réunion|
Area 2,544 sq.km. Rugged, mountainous volcanic Indian Ocean island 700 km east of Madagascar. The largest of the Mascarene Islands which include Mauritius.
Capital Saint-Denis 140,000. Urbanites 68%.
Creole 59.4%. Afro-European, etc.
South Asian 28.2%. Tamil 171,000; Gujarati 18,000; Panjabi 3,000.
European 4.4%. French and Réunionese; also 4,000 military personnel.
Other 8%. Chinese(3) 20,000; East African 14,000; Malagasy 10,000, Comorian 9,000.
Literacy 91%. Official language French. Common language French Creole, which is replacing minority languages.
Dependent on production of sugar and tourism. Rum, vanilla and light industry provide some export earnings. Heavily dependent on French and EU subsidies and aid and also income from the military bases. Exports are 8% of imports. Unemployment 40%. Income/person $8,880 (13.7% of USA).
Uninhabited until French settlement in 1642. Overseas department of France since 1946. The level of dependency on France means there is little incentive to seek greater autonomy.
Freedom of religion, but Catholicism is culturally dominant. French anti-sect legislation is putting pressure on smaller religious groups and denominations.
1 Praise God for dramatic initial growth since 1966 when the French Assemblies of God and then from 1970 AEF/SIM missionaries arrived. Many churches have helped people to be freed from occult bondage. The March for Jesus contributed to a greater networking together of Reformed, charismatic and evangelical congregations. Pray for growth in grace, numbers and spiritual understanding in these young and enthusiastic churches.
1 The dark legacy of slavery which was abolished in 1848, overshadows the present. The Creole population are descendants of those slaves. Poverty, unemployment, alcoholism, dysfunctional families and high illegitimacy have marginalized this large underclass. A deep work of healing and laying to rest the legacy of the past is still far from complete. Pray for the whole population to come to terms with the past - only really possible through faith in Christ.
2 Although Catholicism is the professed religion of over 80% of the population, the Malabar religion - a synthesis of Hinduism and African witchcraft - is the real faith of half the population and probably 90% are involved in some way. Since Vatican II, Bible reading has been promoted in the Catholic Church, and there is now a vigorous charismatic renewal movement. Pray for the eyes of many nominal Christians to be opened to their need and to the Saviour.
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