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Republic of Suriname

Latin America

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Area: 163,820 sq km

Northeast coast of South America, between Guyana and French Guiana.

Population: 524,345    Annual Growth: 0.97%

Capital: Paramaribo

Urbanites: 75.6%

HDI Rank: 97 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 26 (4% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Dutch. Trade language Sranan Tongo (a Dutch Creole)    Languages: 20 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr

Challenges for Prayer

Most of the six Amerindian peoples are now at least nominally Christian. WT sees people movements among the Wayana, Akurio and Trio. The coastal Carib and Arawak are more needy. Some Amerindian churches are growing in faith and actively engaging in cross-cultural mission. Others struggle, reverting to sinful indigenous customs or outside secular and materialist pressures. Pray for stability, maturity and indigeneity to be maintained in tribal churches. Pray that Wayana and Trio missionaries rapidly learn and adapt, and pray for the cross-cultural workers among the Amerindians.

     For an additional 5 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Suriname.