Dominican Republic

21 02 2018

Located in the Caribbean, to the east of the same island as Haiti.

Population: a surprising 11 million people (of which 10% are poor, undocumented French Creole speaking, illegal migrant labourers).

Brief Recent History: “Columbus declared affection for this island and subsequent European colonisation have yielded 500 years of turmoil. Foreign disease and the Spanish destroyed the one million indigenous Arawak Taino people. Sugar can crops soon became massive plantations, which then required the importation of slaves. Both European colonial powers and Dominican governments have ruthlessly exploited the land and the people – this can be seen in the massive gap between a small wealthy elite and the poor majority. Pray for justice – economic and political – something missing from most of the Dominican Republic’s history” (Operation World, p. 308).

Capital: Santo Domingo

Religion: 94% Christian. (82% Catholic, 12% Other denominations).

The large Haitian underclass is a scapegoat, and a challenge.

Churches need to change from a receive-only attitude, to a lively participation.

Prayer:  O Lord of Life, we pray for religious liberty and freedom for those proclaiming the gospel. We pray for the development of biblical ethics to witness to the power and presence of Jesus Christ, as a clear contrast to the alarmingly wide sway of ‘corruption, violent crime and promiscuity’.  We pray for groups such as the 2 Chinese congregations to see more established evangelical outreach among their people. Especially we pray for the youth (37 universities and colleges, with more than 200,000 students) to find purpose in life, and incentive to study. For the AFES and CCCI who only have a total of 1,000 members, for their staff and leaders to be empowered by the Holy Spirit as they proclaim the Lordship of Christ.

 

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