Solomon Islands

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Solomon Islands

Pacific

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Geography

Area: 27,556 sq km

Six of the seven major volcanic islands of the Solomon Islands, also numerous smaller coral atolls. The seventh, Bougainville Island, is part of Papua New Guinea. The major island and island groups are Guadalcanal, Choiseul, New Georgia, Santa Isabel, Malaita, Makira/San Cristobal, Gela, Santa Cruz and the Russells.

Population: 535,699    Annual Growth: 2.49%

Capital: Honiara

Urbanites: 18.6%

HDI Rank: 135 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Official language: English. Trade language Solomons Pijin, spoken by more than half the population    Languages: 71 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians513,20095.802.4
Evangelicals178,58733.32.8

Answer to Prayer

The Solomons have a history of revivals – in the South Sea Evangelical Churches in 1935 and 1970, then in nearly all denominations after 1982. In the 1980s and 1990s, new charismatic networks and churches emerged in another wave of spiritual life. Evangelical and charismatic believers grew in number across almost all denominations.

Challenge for Prayer

Nominalism is a problem even though the Islands are overwhelmingly Christian. The Church has sometimes stagnated; a proper enculturation of the gospel would go a long way in overcoming this. The Baha’i, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Unification Church prospered formerly; two different Islamic groups are now making inroads. Counterfeit Christian movements and quasi-Christian cults have also grown, and the old animistic worldview persists in some areas. Many Christians, even committed believers, drift from one group to the next, since most groups compete for members. The revivals of the past are in the past, and a new awakening is needed; pray for the Spirit to reinvigorate the many churches that possess such a strong spiritual heritage.

     For an additional 4 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 Solomon Islands.