The Solomon Islands are volcanic islands near Papau New Guinea. With over 76 ethno-linguigistic peoples, the islands do not have much of a national identity, but rather ethnicity dominates their identity and government. They also have a unique gene for blonde hair among dark-skinned people. They have been independent from Britain since 1978, but had a civil war after that which led to a downward economy and displacement of up to 30,000. The islands are predominantly Christian and have had a history of revivals over the last 100 years. The churches and Christian ministries played an important role in trying to keep the peace during the civil war and within the government. Significant progress has been made on Bible translations, […]
The second largest island in the world, along with many other islands in the Pacific area, make up Papa New Guinea. There are about 1000 people groups speaking approximately 830 different languages, which is 20% of the world’s total. It is one of the most complex nations ethnically and linguistically. Despite those challenges, Christian missions have had a big influence over the years. Almost everyone in the country has some link to Christianity, though the old ethnic and animistic religions still have influence. Bible translation projects are actively being worked on, with several New Testament translations being completed every year. Given the diversity of language, this is a huge project, but thankful there are people who spend their time and lives […]
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 […]
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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.