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

Prayercast

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

The civil war of 1998-2003 paralyzed the nation on a number of levels and left many thousands uprooted and in need of practical help and spiritual counselling. Though outside intervention imposed peace and disarmed the ethnic militias, a deeper malaise in the nation remains. Pray for the effectiveness of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Winds of Change movement for fairer elections and political processes and the continued ministry of Women for Peace. Pray for true forgiveness and reconciliation that come only through repentance. Without these, the nation can never really progress.

     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.