British Virgin Islands

15 02 2013

A most beautiful place in the Caribbean. And a tax haven. Temperatures of 32 degree maximum in summer, and 29 degrees in winter, with this tropical climate moderated by the Trade Winds. With a 45.3 inch annual rainfall, there is also a hurricane season.

There are 15 inhabited islands, amidst an archipelago totalling 60 coralline and volcanic islands. They are the most northeastern of the Leeward Islands.

People: A high percentage were foreign born, 88.8% African Caribbean, 6.9% Euro-American, 3.1% East Indian, and English is the official language.

Economy: Tourism and offshore finance dominate the economy. Over 550,000 companies are registered here, with all the consequent implications of being a tax haven.

Population:   27, 000

Capital:       Road Town  9,600 people.

File:Roadtown,_Tortola

Road Town is situated on by far the largest island, Tortola (20km x 5km).

History: In 1672 the English captured Tortola  Island from the Dutch.

Religion: There is freedom.

Christian            84.94%

Other                    7.29

Non-Religion        5.3%

Muslim               0.88%

Largest Christian Church: Methodist – 2,865 members [5,500 Affiliates]

Other Churches: Anglican, Seventh Day Adventist, Church of the Nazarene, Catholic, Baptist, Others…

Motto: “Where there is no vision, the people will perish”.

In this ‘Paradise’ [as in all of them in this world], there is corruption, and there is crime. Interestingly most of the population profess to be Christian, and church attendance is high. However, apparently ‘the fruit of faith is not evident‘ (OW, p. 171).

Prayer: That Christian lifestyles would be consistent with the confession of faith, that a move of the Holy Spirit may awaken people to give thanks and praise to God for such a blessed home, and for the gift of eternal life, and hope of redemption for all creation, and to pray for the mercy of God’s love in Jesus Christ to reach a needy world.

 

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