Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea

Independent State of Papua New Guinea


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Area: 462,840 sq km

Eastern half of New Guinea, the second largest island in the world, and many smaller islands in the north and east together make up the nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG). A land of high mountains, dense forests, lowland swamps, coral islands, torrential rainfall, many rivers and great biodiversity.

Population: 6,888,387    Annual Growth: 2.40%

Capital: Port Moresby

Urbanites: 13%

HDI Rank: 148 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 879All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: English, Tok Pisin (Melanesian/English Creole) and Motu    Languages: 830 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Witchcraft and sorcery are on the rise again. “Witch hunts” are becoming more common wherein those suspected of black magic are tortured into a confession and killed. This gruesome trend is in part a reflection of the spiritually-attuned culture, but also a reaction to the rapid increase in AIDS. Pray for an end to occult activities and related violence; the existence of such problems in a 96% Christian nation illustrates both the failure of and challenges to the Church.

     For an additional 10 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 Papua New Guinea.