Pray for: Solomon Islands

Flag for Solomon Islands

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Pacific
Capital: Honiara
Population: 756,673
% Urban: 25.1 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 40.1 %
Official Language: English. Trade language Solomons Pijin, spoken by more than half the population
Languages: 71
Literacy Rate: 97 %
Life Expectancy: 70.3 yrs (157/236)
HDI Ranking: 155 / 189
% Christian: 95.8 %
% Evangelical: 33.3 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 95.8 %
People Groups: 74
% Unevangelized: 0 %

Solomon Islands

Title: Solomon Islands

Tier: 1

Type: country

Ethnic diversity and a divided geography (6 major island groups) create a divided society. Tribes and political groups live together, but struggle to form a unified nation. Outside intervention brought peace in 2003 and disarmed the militias, but deep divisions remain. These language and culture barriers also inhibit Christian work. Each small ethnic group needs a different approach and language resources. Denominations divide along tribal lines. Pray that Christianity may take root in each group in a relevant way, and can overcome division. Pray for true forgiveness and reconciliation that come only through repentance. Without these, the nation can never truly progress.

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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.