|State of Tuvalu|
Area 24 sq.km. Nine low coral atolls in the central Pacific, eight of which are inhabited.
Capital Funafuti 4,000. Urbanites 46%.
Polynesian 91.2%. Tuvaluan.
Other 1.6%. Chinese, European, etc.
Literacy 95%. Official languages Tuvalu, English. Languages with Scriptures 1Bi.
Main sources of income are from fishing licences, internet hosting (with the 'tv' domain name), postage stamps, an international trust fund and remittances from Tuvaluans who live outside the country. Public debt 86% of GNP. Income/person $650 (2.7% of USA).
Independent from Britain in 1978 as a parliamentary monarchy. Once known as the Ellice Islands.
Strongly Protestant; other religions not granted freedom until 1964.
Missionaries from Tuvalu
2 Tuvalu was first evangelized by Cook Island missionaries. The Congregational Church is effectively the established church; nominalism and tradition are brakes on spiritual life and fervour. The work of AoG and Church of God of Prophecy are the only distinctly evangelical ministries on the islands. Pray for spiritual life for all groups.
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