• Pray for healing of racial tensions through the love of Jesus Christ.
• Pray for Christians to stand firm on the pure Gospel, untainted by former practices.
• Pray for more Christian radio and television in languages of the people.
An up and coming destination for eco-tourism, the extravagant beauty of Guyana lures explorers from around the world. Lavish tropical rain forests blanket more than 80% of this South American nation that has remained largely untouched. The northern coastline, where 90% of the population dwells, is well developed and radically different from the dense interior forests.
Originally inhabited by native tribes, Guyana experienced Dutch colonization towards the end of the 16th century. Under Dutch rule, many African slaves were imported to farm sugar plantations, and today one third of Guyana's population is of African descent. In 1796, the British obtained control of Guyana and ruled for nearly 150 years. The British abolition of slavery created a large shortage of workers, and in response, thousands of indentured servants were brought from India to work the plantations. Between 1952 and 1970, Guyana established a constitution, became an independent member of the British Commonwealth, and elected a president. With political independence, though, came unfortunate racial tensions; African and Indian descendants compose the largest ethnic blocks and continually vie for political control.
Dominated by atheist thought until the 1980's, Guyana has been ignited by Christianity in recent decades, and many Guyanese have become open to the Gospel, especially those in minority ethnic groups. However, the Church is in desperate need of unity, as ethnic congregations struggle to collaborate inter denominationally. Increased partnerships among churches could radically affect the outreach to Hindu and growing Islamic communities. Religious syncretism, witchcraft, and Rastafarian-ism also challenge the advancement of the Gospel, and workers are desperately needed among these deceived communities. Pray for the formation of effective Christian ministries who spread the Good News to every tribe and tongue in Guyana.
Continent: South America
Capital City: Georgetown
Government: Parliamentary republic
Major People Groups: 38% Hindi (Hindustani); 36% Guyanese Black (Creolese); 11% Guyanese Mulatto; 4% Hindi (Hindustani); 2% Arawak
Religion: Christian 54%, Hindu 30%, Muslim 8%, Ethnic religions 2%, Agnostic 2%, Baha'is 2%, Spiritist 1%, Atheist 1%
Language: Guyanese Creole English, Sarnami Hindustani, Portuguese, Macushi, Arawak
GDP Per Capita: $18,700
Literacy Rate: 88.5%
POPULATION IN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS: 0.5%
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