Jun 14: Haiti

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Haiti

Republic of Haiti

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Geography

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%

Capital: Port-au-Prince

Urbanites: 49.6%

HDI Rank: 149 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

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

Official language: French (10% speak it). Common languages Haitian Creole, English and Spanish increasingly used as a second language    Languages: 2 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians9,690,99295.121.6
Evangelicals1,633,19316.02.2

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Challenges for Prayer

Haitians overwhelmingly identify themselves as “Christian”, but many if not most Catholics have also dabbled in voodoo (although many others actively oppose it). Haiti is often referred to as “90% Catholic and 100% Voodoo”. The credibility and impact of the Catholic Church are sorely compromised. Pray for renewal, reformation and the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit to sweep through this massive and influential denomination.

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 Church’s potential impact. But evangelicals are doing a great job of addressing these challenges via radio, children’s 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.

     For an additional 9 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 Haiti.