The issues of sovereignty and autonomy are keys to understanding the Falkland Islands' history and mentality. The political wrangling between the UK and Argentina, which culminated in the 1982 conflict, does not adequately reflect the Islanders' overwhelming desire for self-governance; the 2009 constitution does. Pray for wise and fair agreements and for understanding among all three parties for the sake of the diplomatic and economic life of the whole region. Pray also for Christians working and praying for reconciliation of all involved.
There are only three significant denominations among the Islanders (Anglican, Roman Catholic and Tabernacle United Free Church). Most of the population are very nominal in what faith they may have. Pray for a renewal of faith in all three of these groups. Pray for believers in their witness to fellow Islanders and to fishermen, oilmen and tourists of different nationalities who stop off in the islands.
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