Mauritius

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Mauritius

Republic of Mauritius

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Geography

Area: 2,040 sq km

One larger and three smaller islands east of Madagascar in the western Indian Ocean. One of these, Rodrigues Island, is 500 km to the east of the others. Mauritius also claims the Chagos archipelago, including Diego Garcia, which comprise the British Indian Ocean Territory.

Population: 1,294,569    Annual Growth: 0.70%

Capital: Port Loius

Urbanites: 42.6%

HDI Rank: 81 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 17 (29% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: English    Languages: 13 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Hinduism

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians423,45432.711.2
Evangelicals130,80110.13.1
Hinduism629,16148.60 

Challenges for Prayer

Among evangelicals, growth is most rapid within the charismatic groups. Other evangelicals and independent house groups experience modest growth, but not without opposition. Subtle discrimination when applying for official permits – and more open hostility when sharing the gospel – are common. Proselytizers are painted as imperialistic and intolerant in this atmosphere of hyper-ecumenism. The Church has suffered from internal division, but the 1995 formation of a Fellowship of Christian Churches in Mauritius (FCCM) was a significant step forward, drawing together a wide range of churches and ministries. A similar group serves Pentecostals specifically. Pray for unity among Christians to deepen, to inform ministry and strategy, and to shape a positive testimony to non-believers.

     For an additional 7 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 Mauritius.