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- Stats for Taiwan
Officially a province of China, but people speak Taiwanese and have a different culture.
Top 25 Stats
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Chinese, Taiwanese (66.2%, most settled here 300 years ago); Chinese, Hakka (15%, most settled here 200 years ago); Mainland Chinese (15%, refugees from mainland China from 1945-1950); Austronesian mountain peoples (1.7%).
Mandarin, Hoklo and Hakka widely spoken
One of the world’s most active export economies, with economic ties to mainland China. Gambling and sex industry are common in Taiwanese society.
History / Politics
Under Japanese rule from1895 to1945, but then given to Nationalist Government of China. Nationalist Chinese leaders fled here after mainland fell to communists in 1949. Now a multiparty democracy; Despite tensions, has close economic and cultural ties to China. Taiwan functions as independent state, but by law is a province of mainland China.
Buddhism now grows strongly among professionals, and folk religions are very strong. Taiwan remains the only Han Chinese population without a spiritual breakthrough. Even mainland Chinese comment on the spiritual darkness in Taiwan. Recently, growth in mega-churches, house churches, and Charismatics has occurred. Churches putting more emphasis on prayer, evangelism, and community outreach. Many Christians focus on careers and education of their children, not on spiritual matters. There are not enough pastors for current needs, especially in the rural areas of nation.
Pray for a spiritual breakthrough in Taiwan. Pray against the wealth, gambling, and other vices that draw people away from Christ. Pray that the growth of mega-churches, house churches, and Charismatics gains speed. Pray for greater insight in current Christians and the outreach to others for the Gospel.