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%
Official language: English. Trade language Solomons Pijin, spoken by more than half the population Languages: 71 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Christian ministry during and since the civil conflict has been a good testimony. Peacekeeping efforts by all churches, including the Melanesian Brotherhood (resulting in the martyrdom of seven of these Anglican brothers), and counselling to those traumatized have been much-needed blessings to the nation. The government, at the Churchs request, initiated a Truth and Reconciliation Commission the Church has a great role to play in the issue of reconciliation.
Ethnic diversity and fragmentation as well as geography render the Solomons a patchwork of tribes and political groups rather than a unified nation. This hinders not just national identity but also Christian ministry. Myriad languages and cultures necessitate a specific approach for each small tribal group, with resources and translation required. Neo-tribalism is expressed through denominationalism. Pray that Christianity might take root in each group in a relevant way, one that can help overcome division. Pray that God might knit these many islands and tribes together in the gospel.
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