Sep 01: Micronesia, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau

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Micronesia

Pacific

Geography

Area: 1,950 sq km

The 2,000 islands of the Caroline, Marshall and Mariana archipelagos lie in 7 million sq km of the North Pacific. Only 100 are inhabited.

Peoples

Religion

Challenge for Prayer

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Federated States of Micronesia

Federated States of Micronesia

Pacific

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Geography

Area: 702 sq km

Over 600 coralline islands in four main groups: Chuuk, Pohnpei, Yap and Kosrae.

Population: 111,101    Annual Growth: 0.31%

Capital: Palikir

Urbanites: 22.7%

Peoples

Peoples: 24 (4% unreached) All peoples
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    Languages: 19 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians107,37996.650.5
Evangelicals27,00624.30.9

Challenge for Prayer

A large proportion of the population is Protestant, the result of a century of ministry by US Congregationals and the German Liebenzell Mission, but nominalism and cronyism in leadership are widespread. Pray for revival among these long-standing groups. Pray also for the newer, fast-growing Pentecostal groups – negotiating the tension between traditional Micronesian culture and biblical practice is not straightforward.

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Marshall Islands

Republic of the Marshall Islands

Pacific

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Geography

Area: 181 sq km

There are 34 atolls with 1,156 islands, spread over nearly 2 million sq km of Pacific.

Population: 63,398    Annual Growth: 2.25%

Capital: Majuro

Urbanites: 71.8%

Peoples

Peoples: 7 (14% unreached) All peoples
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Official language: Marshallese; English    Languages: 2 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians61,55997.102.2
Evangelicals28,21244.53.0

Challenge for Prayer

The need for godly leadership in the churches is great. Theological training is limited to a very small United Church college and the AoG-run Calvary Bible Institute. Pray for the effectiveness of these institutions in equipping God’s people, as groups such as Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baha’is and others actively proselytize.

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Northern Mariana Islands

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Pacific

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Geography

Area: 477 sq km

A chain of 14 volcanic and coralline islands 650 km north of Guam. The southernmost islands, Saipan, Tinian and Rota, are the largest and most important economically.

Population: 88,409    Annual Growth: 1.97%

Capital: Saipan

Peoples

Official language: Chamorro; Carolinian; English    Languages: 7 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians75,32485.201.7
Evangelicals11,26012.73.1

Challenge for Prayer

The Asian population is diverse. There are over 20 Asian congregations – Korean, Filipino and Chinese; most are growing and have vigorous outreach to their compatriots. Opportunity abounds to reach especially the Japanese and Chinese (both from Mainland China and Taiwan); several thousand migrant Chinese factory workers have been won to Christ over the years. Many Japanese also come to the island as tourists and to visit the Shinto shrines.

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Palau

Republic of Palau

Pacific

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Geography

Area: 488 sq km

Sixteen inhabited volcanic and coralline islands.

Population: 20,531    Annual Growth: 0.40%

Capital: Koror

Urbanites: 82.7%

Peoples

Official language: Palauan; English    Languages: 5 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians19,68995.900.4
Evangelicals4,90523.91.4

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Challenge for Prayer

Hindrances to the gospel need to be removed. Closed cultures and strong traditionalism make many villages and outlying islands unwilling for change. The debilitating effects of US aid, material comforts and enormous consumption of beer make discipleship and commitment rare. Only the NT is available in Palauan (and nothing in Sonorol or Tobian), so theological depth is lacking. Outreach to smaller unevangelized island communities is complicated by their geographic isolation.

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