• Pray for the church to be ignited once again by a deep understanding of the Gospel and God's love.
• Pray for local pastors to be strengthened, encouraged, and empowered.
• Pray for the Gospel to reach all 3,000 Carib Indians living in remote regions of the island.
Lined with black sand-beaches, the small island-nation of Dominica is dotted with mountains and active geothermal openings. Due to its rough terrain and native Carib population, Dominica avoided European colonization until France established a settlement in 1635. In the 19th Century, following the abolition of slavery, the nation became the first in the British Caribbean to elect an all-black legislature, a movement known as the “Mulatto Ascendency”. Dominica eventually gained independence from Britain in 1978. Despite being susceptible to devastating weather, the island has a thriving banana industry that drives much of the economy.
Housing the last remaining native Carib population in the world, the Carib reserve – land set aside for native Caribs to live on – faces the Atlantic ocean on the island's northeast side. The Carib population resisted colonization efforts, fighting against French and British forces until allocated to their current location. Dominica became an associated state in the British Commonwealth in 1967.
Dominica’s practicing Catholic population has decreased in numbers, and nominalism has increased among those who remain. Fresh insight, wisdom, and spiritual leadership are greatly needed because of the island’s relative isolation. The Carib Indians, the last in the world, live in an isolated region of Dominica, which leads them to be cut off socially and spiritually from the rest of the population. Christians do exist within the Carib population, though most are nominal. The pastors must often take second jobs due to Dominica’s economic fragility, frequently resulting in burn-out.
If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. - John 14:14
Source: Bataca Church, Dominica - 2; WVNDS
Continent: North America
Capital City: Roseau
Government: Parliamentary Democracy
Major People Groups: 96% Afro-Caribbean, 4% Amerindian
Religion: 94% Christian, 2% Spiritist, 1% Baha'i
GDP Per Capita: $3,800
Literacy Rate: 94%