Area: 12,190 sq km
Twelve larger and 70 smaller islands, southeast of the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific. Formerly New Hebrides.
Population: 245,786 Annual Growth: 2.58%
Official language: Bislama (Pidgin English), English, French Languages: 108 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Vanuatus motto is In God We Stand. Pray that leaders of this complex little nation may be examples in doing so. Committed Christians played a major role in attaining independence, and they continue to help lead the country - not least is the President himself.
The Protestant Church is numerically strong. Presbyterians are the largest group, but AoG and other Pentecostal/charismatic groups claim rapid growth. Most of them are represented in the Vanuatu Christian Council. Revival has occurred on some islands and in several denominations, but not in all places; some islands are spiritually stagnant. Church-planting mission is still needed for a few superficially evangelized peoples. Pray for the training of future leaders in the seven Bible colleges/schools. Pray that pastors and group leaders would lead with guidance from both the Word and Spirit.
For an additional 2 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Vanuatu.