French Guiana has a new image as a developed multicultural society, rather than as a place for imprisoned criminals. This change also brought French secularism and moral challenges. Many young people cannot find employment and are restless. Graphic pornography from French satellite TV disturbs the moral framework. Families suffer with high rates of illegitimate births and many single-parent homes. Harm to the environment, illegal immigration, and human trafficking for the gold mine industry all cause problems.
The most responsive peoples are Haitians, Antilleans, Hmong, Amerindian tribal peoples, Brazilians and the interior bush tribes (Maroons). It is among these groups that the Pentecostals, Baptists, CMA, Nazarenes and Brethren are growing. Pray for a cooperative spirit among evangelicals and for continued unifying influence of the Suriname Bible Society, especially among ministers.
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