A. THE COUNTRY
Republic of the Marshall Islands is a Micronesian nation of 34 atolls
with 1,156 islands spread over nearly 2 million sq. km. of the Pacific
Ocean. Government is a democratic presidential republic in free
association with the U.S.A. U.S. aid is 61.3% of the annual budget,
which undermines the potential for agriculture, fisheries and tourism.
Urbanization has destroyed traditional subsistence farming and forced
almost all food to be imported. There is high unemployment.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~64,500 and official language Marshallese.
~89.2% are Micronesian, ~10.8% Other (Pacific Islanders, U.S.A.)
Many suffer the effects of nuclear radiation, including genetic
disorders and high rates of cancer from U.S. nuclear bomb testing.
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
Different denominations run an extensive schooling system.
~97.1% claim to be Christian, ~1.9% Baha’i, ~0.7% Non-religious,
In the Christian category:
~91.5% are Protestant, ~6.94% Catholic, ~3.92% Independent.
Evangelicals represent ~44.5% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~37.3% and of those ~34.7% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.