Timor-Leste TL

85,689

GMO Gospel Visits 2014

14,304

Indicated decisions 2014

1.2 million

Population

1 million

Christians
27,000 are evangelical

For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.

  • Stats for Timor-Leste
  • Social Control

    Shame-based 
  • Cultural Distinctions

    None
  • Top 25 Stats

    Gospel Visits to Non-Christians with Internet- 4953.12% (1st); Gospel Visits to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 747.72% (1st); Gospel Decisions to Visits- 16.69% (3rd); Gospel Decisions to Non-Christians- 8.27% (15th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Christians with Internet- 826.82% (1st); Gospel Decisions to Non-Evangelicals with Internet- 124.82% (1st).
  • Fastest Growing Religion

    Christian
  • Human Development Index

    128/187
  • Internet Access

    1.00% (155th)
  • Ethnic Groups

    Timorese (95.9%); Indonesian/Javanese (3.5%).
  • Common Languages

    Portuguese (13.5% understand); Tetum (91% understand); Bahasa Indonesian (43% understand).
  • Economy

    Weakened after years of neglect, then destroyed after independence in 1999.
    Will take decades to rebuild, but does have oil and gas potential shared with Australia.
    Country is caught in a downward spiral of poverty, poor health, and illiteracy.
    The poor suffered the most from violence; A legacy of hatred and trauma remain.
    Many children and youth are on the streets and join gangs.
  • History / Politics

    Portuguese ruled (1511-1974), then civil war occurred, then Indonesia invaded.
    During 25-year occupation by Indonesia, more than 100,000 lost their lives.
    U.N. pressure led to independence in 1999; Armed militia destroyed 75% of infrastructure.
    U.N. intervened directly, and country became independent in 2002; Strife among factions remains.
    Elections in 2012 brought in a new president and prime minister, and U.N. mission ended.
  • Spirituality

    Catholicism grew rapidly as a symbol of resistance to Muslim Indonesia.
    Much traditional spiritism remains, mixed with Catholic teaching.
    Protestants are viewed with suspicion because most missionaries came from Indonesia.
  • Prayers

    Pray for revival within the Catholic church and for the growth of evangelicals.
    Pray that spiritism within the church would decrease, and the true Gospel would flourish.

Note:

All of the information on the number of Christians and Evangelicals is from Pray for the World! or Operation World.