Pray for: Timor Leste

Flag for Timor Leste

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Asia
Capital: Dili
Population: 1,343,875
% Urban: 31.7 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 37.3 %
Official Language: Portuguese (13.5% understand), Tetum (and its dialects) is understood by 91%. Bahasa Indonesia is also common, understood by 43%
Languages: 19
Literacy Rate: 68 %
HDI Ranking: 141 / 189
% Christian: 87.4 %
% Evangelical: 2.3 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 87.4 %
People Groups: 23
% Unevangelized: 4 %

Timor Leste

Title: Timor Leste

Tier: 1

Type: country

Timor appears caught in a downward spiral of poverty, poor health, and illiteracy. The poor suffer most from the violence and destruction brought by various groups. Every aspect of life needs transformation. Education, job creation, healthcare, and leadership training all need major investments. The Indonesian military and the Timorese militia left a legacy of hatred and trauma that will take decades to heal. Many children and young people especially have lost everything, including parents. Large numbers roam the streets, or join dangerous gangs. Pray for peace for Timor, and for reconciliation among the many divided factions.

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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.