Area: 27,400 sq km
Western third of the island of Hispaniola; shared with the Dominican Republic.
Population: 10,188,175 Annual Growth: 1.60%
Official language: French (10% speak it). Common languages Haitian Creole, English and Spanish increasingly used as a second language Languages: 2 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The steady growth of Protestant churches is no surprise no other faith offers the spiritual hope and practical help available to evangelicals. Yet there are areas for prayer:
a) The rural poor are the most responsive. Illiteracy, marginalization in society and lack of adequate teaching have all reduced the Churchs potential impact. But evangelicals are doing a great job of addressing these challenges via radio, childrens education and pastoral and lay training.
b) Denominational fragmentation on issues of personality, charismatic growth and liberation theology confuse and divide Christians. The Protestant Federation and the Council of Evangelical Churches give Protestants a platform for speaking with one voice to the government and for cooperating in social, evangelistic and prayer initiatives.
c) Spiritual opposition. Recently, those who practice voodoo have been more outspoken, especially through the media, about their animosity toward Protestants. Pray for spiritual purity and for the love and power of Christ to shine through believers.
Leadership training is too limited because of the poverty of churches. A rigid traditionalism of imported theologies and systems is widespread. Many pastors have little training; some are barely literate. Pray for the 20 or so Bible schools/seminaries and the many TEE programmes that seek to meet the need. Pray for Haitian leaders to be men of faith and spiritual authority, who are not diverted by material inducements. Pray for resources in Creole that will foster lay training and leadership development.
For an additional 9 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Haiti.