The Cayman Islands are the most affluent of the Caribbean islands. Christianity is strong there. There are more than 90 churches and many of them evangelical. There is one church for every 500 people. Christian faith and values have a significant influence on the society. The nation’s flag bears part of Psalm 24, “He hath founded it upon the seas”, and the new constitution includes recognition of their Christian heritage. Pray that God’s influence and blessings will continue for the over one million tourists who visit the islands each year.
The British Virgin Islands were hit hard from hurricane Irma in September 2017. The winds reached 215 mph. Irma was the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to strike land and it ran almost straight through this island chain. 85% of the buildings were destroyed or severely damaged and the infrastructure was torn apart. Please pray for the people and the rebuilding effort in this tiny island chain.
At only 54 square km, these 200 small islands in the North Atlantic is the third most-densely populated country in the world. It is considered an earthly paradise with is superb climate and geographic position. Christianity is a strong part of their heritage. The organization United for Change, a large fellowship of pastors representing most of the evangelical churches, has recently formed to make prayer the overall priority among believers and to be a united voice to the community. God will bless a nation who puts prayer as a priority.
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Barbados is the most easterly of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean. It is a prosperous and successful economy of tourism, sugar and off-shore banking. The majority is Christian Protestant of the Anglican Church, but the second-largest church is Seventh-day Adventist. As I’ve mentioned before, denominations such as Mormon Church of Latter Day Saints, Seventh-day Adventist and Jehovah’s Witness are all quietly increasing in great numbers in Latin America and other places. Without getting into theological differences, one of the concerns of these denominations is that they believe you are only saved through their denomination and you cannot change churches. This is Biblically incorrect, as Jesus Christ is the only One who can save us, through his sacrificial death on the cross for our sins. It is about Who we know, not the What or the How.
Pray for this small island, that the truth which is Christianity will stand firm, and they will not give in to liberal theologies and secularism which ultimately will have a downfall.
The Bahamas is an archipelago of 700 coral islands between Florida and Cuba. Only forty are inhabited. Bahamians are known for their vibrant colors and music. I saw the junkanoo parade when I was there and it was one of my favorite travel memories. I love seeing people celebrate life and music and using their creative God-given talents.
Bahamians have a strong Christian legacy, the public faith of many leaders, and a unifying Christian Council of the churches. Pray that God’s work will continue on the island, and that they will reach out to the younger generations who are beginning to feel isolated from traditional church culture.