Pray for: Marshall Islands

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Pacific
Capital: Majuro
Population: 42,415
% Urban: 78.2 %
Official Language: Marshallese; English
Languages: 2
Literacy Rate: 98 %
Life Expectancy: 65.3 yrs (190/236)
HDI Ranking: 131 / 189
% Christian: 97.1 %
% Evangelical: 44.5 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 97.1 %
People Groups: 6
Least Reached People Groups: 1
% Unevangelized: 1 %

Marshall Islands

Title: Marshall Islands

Tier: 2

Type: country

The traumatic history of occupation, exploitation and war, as well as the impact of US nuclear bomb testing, have all had a devastating effect on the Marshallese. Traditional values of land, family, and community – the roots of society – are being undermined. Over-urbanization, unemployment, substance abuse, sexual immorality, and a high birth rate threaten the Marshallese way of life. Many inhabitants suffer the effects of nuclear radiation, including genetic disorders and high rates of cancer. Pray for leaders who will govern wisely and bravely, for economic dependency to be broken, and for the positive aspects of Marshallese traditional culture to be restored and upheld.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.