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%
Official language: English; 97% of the population speak Jamaican Creole Languages: 7 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The less evangelized who need prayer:
a) The very poor have little exposure to the gospel except by radio. There is a large underclass, including the pseudo-orphaned barrel children, among whom mostly Catholic and Anglican ministries work. These gospel-neglected people have little by way of moral foundations; pray for the whole gospel to touch their lives and communities.
b) The Rastafarians began as a protest movement that mixed Christian beliefs with Black consciousness ideas and deified the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selasse I. They are well known for their reggae music and use of ganja (marijuana), as well as for their non-violent peace and love philosophy. They have considerable influence in Jamaica and have spread to Europe and North America. In recent years, a few prominent Rastafarians have professed Christ as Saviour and become active evangelicals.
Christian help ministries many serving the whole Caribbean.
a) The Bible Society, based in Kingston, channels Scriptures to most of the mini-states of the region. The Society has a strong vision of making Scripture accessible to young people in particular.
b) Christian bookstores. Source of Light Ministries operates six Christian bookstores in Kingston and runs the regions largest Bible Correspondence Course. CLC has a notable ministry through three bookstores.
c) Christian broadcasting. Radio is broadcast in English by TWR (from within Jamaica) and by others from outside, totaling 77 hours per week. In the country itself, there is also a religious radio (LOVE FM) and TV station.
d) The Student Christian Fellowship and Scripture Union (SCF/SU), as well as Jamaica Youth for Christ and Jamaica Child Evangelism Fellowship, do valuable work among the younger generation. Many outstanding Christian leaders serving globally or in Jamaica are products of these ministries.
For an additional 4 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 Jamaica.