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- Stats for Papua New Guinea
Top 25 Stats
Percent of Country Who Are Christians- 86.48% (23rd); Percent of Country Who Are Evangelicals- 23.59% (13th); Gospel Visits to Non-Christians with Internet- 1079.65% (5th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Melanesian (98.2%); This is the world’s most complex nation by language group with 1,000 people groups speaking 830 languages.
English, Tok Pisin (Melanesian/English Creole), Motu
Main revenue is from crops such as tea, coffee, copra, and subsistence farming and fishing. Dependent on aid and trade with Australia; Has high unemployment with few resources.
History / Politics
Gained independence from Great Britain in 1975. Engaged in a very costly war with the island of Bougainville (1988-1998). Widespread corruption limits progress, and aid rarely reaches people who really need it. Violent crimes increase, as does HIV infection from sexual immorality. The vast ethnic diversity makes the country difficult to unite. Tribal fighting and revenge killing extend back many generations.
Occult activity and other pagan religious practices are common. Since 96% of the people profess Christianity, these problems highlight weakness of the church. Missionary activities here started 130 years ago and reached many people. Churches and missions must now have quality discipleship and leadership training. The New Testament has been translated into 120 new languages; Most need the OT also. Missionaries use light planes to reach otherwise inaccessible areas of the nation.
Pray for revival within the church, and that discipleship will build a vibrant church. Pray for translations of the full Bible, and for airplane ministries to remote areas.