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%
Official language: French and Tahitian Languages: 11 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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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.
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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of French Polynesia.