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- Stats for Timor-Leste
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
Human Development Index
Timorese (95.9%); Indonesian/Javanese (3.5%).
Portuguese (13.5% understand); Tetum (91% understand); Bahasa Indonesian (43% understand).
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.
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.
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.