Jamaica

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Jamaica

Jamaica

Caribbean

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Geography

Area: 10,991 sq km

The 3rd largest island in the Caribbean after Cuba and Hispaniola. Mostly mountainous with only 17% arable land.

Population: 2,729,909    Annual Growth: 0.46%

Capital: Kingston

Urbanites: 53.7%

HDI Rank: 100 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 11 (9% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: English; 97% of the population speak Jamaican Creole    Languages: 7 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians2,263,36882.910.4
Evangelicals764,73328.01.4

Answer to Prayer

This nation has a rich but little-known mission sending history. Praise God for those rediscovering this spiritual legacy and remobilizing Jamaica to once again become a sending powerhouse. Increasing numbers of mission agencies are operating branches out of Jamaica.

Challenge for Prayer

The country finds itself in the midst of moral and social collapse. Powerful South American drug cartels, using Jamaica as a transshipment point for cocaine destined for the USA, wield great influence. This fuels violence, putting Jamaica fourth globally for murders per capita. Rape and domestic abuse are widespread. As part of an anti-corruption drive, the government has invited greater participation from churches. Pray that government and church leaders may reject compromise. Pray for courage, moral integrity and determination to turn the country back to God. The National Leadership Prayer Breakfast brings church leaders together with leaders in politics, business and the security forces to address and pray for these issues.

     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 Jamaica.