French Polynesia

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French Polynesia

French Polynesia


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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%


Official language: French and Tahitian    Languages: 11 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr

Challenges for Prayer

The LMS-planted Ma’ohi Church has declined. Once the Church of the majority of Islanders, liberal theology is now predominant and evangelicals are few. Splits and defections have reduced its percentage and influence, and some well-publicized cases involving misuse of funds damaged the Church’s reputation further. Pray for a moving of the Spirit of God to bring this Church back to its first love, as in the early 19th Century. There are some signs of life with the greater inclusion of young people and women.

     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.