Area: 18,734 sq km
One large 400 km-long island, the Loyalty Islands, and other smaller coral islands 1,400 km northeast of Australia.
Population: 253,743 Annual Growth: 1.56%
Official language: French Languages: 41 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Less reached peoples:
a) The 11,000 Muslims of Javanese or Arab descent retain their religion but not their languages. Little has been done to reach them.
b) Polynesian Islanders have kept both their culture and their language. There are a few evangelical believers among the traditionally Catholic Wallisians and Futunans.
c) The Caledoche live mostly in or near Nouméa. The AoG continue to work with them, but they are fairly closed to outside influence and few are evangelical believers.
d) The Metropolitan French (bureaucrats or business people) usually stay only a few years. Very few are involved with a church.
Bible translation is still a challenge as Melanesian languages are now used in the schools. There are five works in progress, and up to 20 other languages need further attention. Pray for the ongoing work and for the calling and equipping of new translation teams. Praise God for the completion of Bibles in Futunan and Wallisian and of the NT in Paici.
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 New Caledonia.