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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The indigenous Melanesian Kanaks were marginalized by the French during the repressive colonial period. The 1998 accord attempts to bring them into full equality in the economic, legal and political life of the nation while respecting their unique culture. Pray that this transition may be healing, peaceful and fair.
The inequality in society is illustrated not only economically but also by lifestyle. Sadly, too many Kanaks and immigrants from Wallis and Futuna struggle with poor living conditions, substance abuse and domestic violence. Pray for ministry that will help lift these addictions and replace them with a full and vibrant life in Christ.
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.