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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 less-evangelized – almost all adhere to some form of Christianity, but many are without a clear gospel witness:

a) The outer island groups are largely Catholic with little evangelical presence. The Marquesans, Mangarevans and Tuamotuans cannot easily understand the related Tahitian language, and have little of the Bible in their own languages.

b) Significant emigration from the outer islands to Tahiti gives opportunities for Islanders to encounter Jesus in Papeete, but those who move are too often lost to the Church.

c) The Chinese have a few Protestants, Catholics and Chinese ethnoreligionists, but most Chinese are effectively secular.

d) The French community lives a life apart, having minimal contact with any Church.

e) The Jewish community, newly arrived and in need of their Messiah.

     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.