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French Polynesia

French Polynesia

Pacific

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Geography

Area: 3,521 sq km

Five island archipelagos and 118 islands – (Society, Tuamotu, Marquesas, Austral and Gambier) in south-central Pacific. Tahiti, the largest island at 1,042 sq km, is where over 70% live.

Population: 272,394    Annual Growth: 1.30%

Capital: Papeete

Urbanites: 51.4%

Peoples

Official language: French and Tahitian    Languages: 11 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians251,28392.251.3
Evangelicals19,7127.22.6

Challenges for Prayer

The evangelical witness is very small, consisting of Pentecostal and charismatic churches and a few splinter groups from the Ma’ohi Church. Evangelical agencies found elsewhere in the Anglophone Pacific have neglected Francophone territories. In contrast, two varieties of Mormonism have thrived in these islands for over 150 years. Evangelicals are increasing slowly, but greater cooperation is required – an Evangelical Fellowship/Alliance is needed. Pentecostals run a Bible school and radio station.

     For an additional 4 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 Polynesia.