Pray for Our World: Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is a French-owned island in the Caribbean.  France has owned the island since 1635, and with its subsidization from France, there is little motivation for them to be independent.  However, the riots of 2009 showed some of their dissatisfaction with France in their standard of living.  There is widespread unemployment especially among youth.  The people are predominantly of African and South Asian descent.

The island is nominally Christian (in name only), but occultism and magic are large influences.  There is the grim legacy of slavery as well that has left its mark.  Before 1946 there were no evangelical churches on the island, but the Southern Baptists have helped establish a strong network of churches that have risen up in the last few decades.  There is only one Christian bookstore on the island, but the Gideons and The Bible Society help distribute Bibles and Christian literature.

Pray for the people of the island – for employment, freedom from the occult, and for the churches that they may be able to effectively reach the people of the island.

Pray for Our World: Ghana

Ghana is on the south-western coast of the Gulf of Guinea in Africa.  79% of the population earns less than $2 per day.  Yet, Ghana enjoys a rich Christian tradition.  With over 100 ethnic groups, there were only 5 Bible translations available in 1965.  Since then, the majority of Ghanaians have at least a New Testament translation and there is work in progress on every language in Ghana!  Hundreds of churches have been planted as a result of the newly translated scriptures in their languages.

May God bless the people and organizations that have faithfully worked on Bible translations over the years in Ghana.  But where God’s truth is being successfully told, there is often strong opposition.  Islam has set out to conquer Ghana.  Almost half of the population is under the age of 15 and very impressionable.  Pray for the Christian workers and churches there, that they may reach the young people for the truth and light and hope of Jesus Christ.

Pray for Our World: The Gambia

The Gambia, or also called Republic of The Gambia, is a narrow strip of riverine enclave that divides part of Senegal.  Life expectancy is 55 years, and half the population is under 15 years.  The Gambia was part of the West African slave trade, and the reason a population was kept by the Gambia river.  Today it is a majority Muslim country, and the country celebrates the Muslim holidays.  Homosexuality is illegal, and punishable by life in prison.

The unreached peoples are many and Christian evangelicals are few.  There is lack of tools, literature and training for the small churches that are there.  Pray for missionaries, the churches, and continuing Bible translations, Jesus film and Christian radio and tv, which offer hope and freedom to the people.

Pray for Our World: French Polynesia

The French Polynesia is a group of over 100 islands in the South Pacific.  It was one of the last places on earth to be inhabited.  The main islands are Tahiti and Bora Bora.  The official language is French, and France controls the aid and military to the islands.

It is no doubt a beautiful place, but it is also a paradise lost.  Formerly, it was a strong Christian nation that sent missionaries all over the Pacific.  Today, it is debased by increasing vices and immorality.  Tahitian missionaries no longer go out to other islands.  The Catholic church has had some renewal in the 1980’s and 1990’s, but many have returned to tribal pagan influence.

Pray for the Christian churches there, that they may have revival and gain more influence over other strong influences on the islands such as paganism and mormonism which have been on the increase.

Pray for Our World: Fiji

Fiji is a small country and group of islands in the South Pacific.  It is known for its coral reefs, sparkling clear lagoons, scuba diving and snorkeling.  Many are descendants from indentured servants imported by the British from 1879 to 1916.  There have been several coups over recent years, and the fact that residents cannot own land has made many people emigrate away from the islands.  It is majority Christian and tightly aligned with the Methodist church, even politically, which has caused some problems.

The Bible Society for the South Pacific is located in Fiji.  Pray for their ability to have more Fijiian translations and Christian literature, and a way to reach the youth, who are often troubled with alcoholism and poverty.