French Polynesia

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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 Catholic Church, originally supported by the French colonial powers against the British LMS, is now the largest denomination. Through the 1980s and 1990s, strong charismatic renewal brought significant growth but also controversy, as intellectuals saw this as a reemergence of tribal pagan influence. Today, 25-30% of Catholics are involved in the renewal movement; the rest are mostly non-practicing and very nominal.

     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.