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Independent State of Samoa


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Area: 2,831 sq km

Two large volcanic islands, Savai’i and Upolu, and seven small islands covered by lush tropical rainforest.

Population: 178,943    Annual Growth: 0.00%

Capital: Apia

Urbanites: 23.4%

HDI Rank: 94 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Official language: Samoan; English    Languages: 2 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Samoans have been Christian for over a century, and every village has at least one church. But the traditional class structure and pre-Christian cultural standards were not necessarily transformed by the gospel. Much of the Church suffers from nominalism, and rivalry among denominations does not generate a good spiritual atmosphere. Pride and politics influence church life too much, and the financial demands on a poorer population are heavy. These, coupled with the modern challenges of domestic strife and imported moral vice, make for a society in need of prayer.

     For an additional 3 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 Samoa.