Pray for: Papua New Guinea

Flag for Papua New Guinea

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Pacific
Capital: Port Moresby
Population: 10,329,931
% Urban: 13.5 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 35.5 %
Official Language: English, Tok Pisin (Melanesian/English Creole) and Hiri Motu
Languages: 830
Literacy Rate: 72 %
Life Expectancy: 65.4 yrs (189/236)
HDI Ranking: 155 / 189
% Christian: 95.8 %
% Evangelical: 25.7 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 95.8 %
People Groups: 885
Least Reached People Groups: 1
% Unevangelized: 1 %

Papua New Guinea

Title: Papua New Guinea

Tier: 1

Type: country

Papua New Guinea (PNG) continues to face a wide range of crises, to the point where some observers question whether the nation can continue to function as such. Widespread corruption limits progress, and foreign aid meant to help local workers rarely reaches them. Difficult geography makes natural resources hard to access, and greedy foreign companies seize control of them. Cities receive migrants who seek work, but cannot support them well. Violent crime increases, and HIV infections spread rapidly, mostly through sexual immorality. The vast ethnic diversity (1,000 groups) makes the country difficult to unite. Tribal fighting and revenge killings extend back thousands of years. Pray for peace that reaches beyond non-violence to bring true unity, and for national identity that rises above ethnic ties.

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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.