Micronesia is a UN Trust Territory that is overseen by the United States. It is a sub-region of Oceania (Australian continent) composed of thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. There are four main states: Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas, Palau, and Moldova. These are isolated islands where their only source of income is tourism and agriculture, and therefore they rely heavily on US aid. Most of the people are Protestant and Evangelical, but there are strong ties to magic from their ancestral culture. Transportation is a problem, along with unemployment and alcohol abuse. This causes many to seek work abroad, but this comes with risk of exploitation. Moldova has the largest numbers of young women lured abroad into […]
Contrary to what one may think about the land in Mexico, only 10% is arable land. Mexico has a wide range of topography from rainforests to volcanic plateaus and mountains. It is also diverse in people groups from Mestizo (Mexican/Amerindian/Spanish) to Euro-American and Amerindian. The once-sophisticated Aztec Empire was destroyed by the Spanish and smallpox in the early 16th century. Much of its northern territories were lost to the US in the 19th century. Today much of the country is plagued with drug trade. The US shares a responsibility for much of that with our insatiable drug habit. The Catholic church (Vatican) broke away from the Mexican government for 130 years before reconciling again in the 1990’s. Pray that the […]
The country of Mauritius, not related to Mauritania in Western Africa, is a very tiny island on the other side of Madagascar. All peoples immigrated there from the 18th century onward. Most are of Indian descent, and some Creole, African and European. It is largely a Hindu government and culture with strong Indian ties. Missions are allowed but proselytism is looked upon unfavorably. Even so, large numbers of Hindus are coming to Jesus through the bold witness of evangelical and Pentecostal churches. Praise God for these bold witnesses in such a small remote area of the world.
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.