A. THE COUNTRY
The Republic of Kiribati is three archipelagos, Gilbert, Rawaki
(Phoenix) and Line, with 33 coral atolls (23 inhabited) scattered across
2,000,000 sq. km. of the Pacific Ocean.
Government is a democratic republic.
The economy is dependent of copra, fish, foreign aid and remittances
sent from I-Kiribati abroad. Large distances between islands and few
natural resources make improvements difficult to achieve.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~101,000 and official language English, but I-Kiribati
is more widely spoken. I-Kiribati migrate for work on Nauru and as
seafarers on foreign ships, and many return home with AIDS or drug
problems. Overpopulation and unemployment combined with increasing
alcohol abuse creates a difficult environment for young people.
~98.9% are I-Kiribati, ~1.1% Other (mixed, Tuvaluan, European).
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
~98.5% claim to be Christian, ~1% Baha’i, ~0.5% Non-religious.
In the Christian category:
~55.35% are Catholic, ~40.94% Protestant, ~1.2% Independent, ~0.15%
Evangelicals represent ~7.2% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~6% and of those ~4.2% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010