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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Training of pastors and leaders is a strategic need for church growth both in numbers and in maturity. Pray for the several Bible schools and denominational seminaries of traditional churches, evangelical groups and newer charismatic churches. TEE programmes (especially ones developed in Fiji) and preaching seminars (run by the Langham Partnership) show great growth and impact. Hundreds are being trained and are in turn training and discipling whole congregations, with valuable input from Papua New Guinea, where such programmes have had similar impact. The South Sea Evangelical Church, in particular, is experiencing a burst of vitality as a result.
Local and grassroots ministries are coming into their own as expatriate ministries decline. A number of areas need special attention. Ministry to young people is vital, due to rapid population growth and the many young nominal Christians who need discipleship. SU, CEF, YWAM, CCCI and others focus on work among youth. Other local agencies such as the Christian Care Centre (Anglicans), Haven in the Storm and Bible Way Centre minister to women and young people affected by recent upheavals. Prison ministry is also bearing much fruit, with especially high enrolment in Bible correspondence courses.
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