French Guiana

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French Guiana

Department of French Guiana

Latin America

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Geography

Area: 86,504 sq km

Sparsely inhabited jungle territory in northeast South America. Great diversity of flora and fauna with over 400,000 species known.

Population: 231,313    Annual Growth: 2.75%

Capital: Cayenne

Urbanites: 76.4%

Peoples

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

Official language: French. Guianese French Creole widely spoken    Languages: 15 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians211,07391.252.8
Evangelicals10,3614.53.5

Challenges for Prayer

The least reached peoples include:

a) French Guianese Creole youth, large in number due to high birthrates and immigration. They are bombarded with the modern gospel of secular materialism, but with little recourse to acquire its riches. IFES/Union des Groupes Bibliques Universitaires (UBGU) has groups on the campuses of the one public university.

b) The Amerindian tribes – pray especially for the animist Wayana (1,100), Wayampi (700) and Emerillon (500), least evangelized of all the tribes. GRN has audio resources for each of these groups, and the JESUS film is available in Wayampi.

c) The largely animistic Maroon tribes (Aukan, Boni and Saramaccan) who live in the interior. Tribal Christians from Suriname work among them.

d) The Chinese who control much of the small-scale market economy. Just one congregation is known among them.

e) The French and European communities linked with the space programme – few are active Christians.

     For an additional 2 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 French Guiana.