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 […]
Finland is a northern country between Sweden and the top portion of Russia.  It is 70% forest, 10% lake, and 8% arable land.  They have 100% literacy rate.  They are a specialized, high-tech export-oriented economy, supported largely on wood products (from all those forests).  Their income averages $52,000 which is 109% of the USA.  They were ruled by Sweden for 700 years and then another 100 years by Russia before their independence in 1917.  Evangelical Lutheran and Greek Orthodox churches are the recognized national churches.  There are over 900 long-term missionaries from Finland in about 70 different countries.  Finland has strong Christian traditions and geographical location that made it a strategic place for reaching many people from the former Soviet Union.  […]
Cyprus has a long history. It is first mentioned in the New Testament book of Acts as the native place of the apostle Barnabas, and it was also the scene of Apostle Paul’s first missionary journey.  The Orthodox Church, the major church in Cyprus, was founded by Paul.  It is different from the Roman Catholic Church in that it has no central doctrinal or governance authority similar to the pope.  In early Christianity, the Great Schism divided the (eastern) Orthodox and (western) Catholic churches.  The Orthodox Church is the only original church that was not derived from the Catholic church.  All other denominations came from the line of (western) Catholic churches.  Lutheran, Calvinists, and Baptists split early from the Catholic Church.  Episcopal, […]


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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.