A. THE COUNTRY
State of Tuvalu is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific
Ocean comprised of nine low, coral atolls, eight of which are inhabited.
Government is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy
(Queen Elizabeth II). Beyond subsistence farming, the main income
sources are fisheries license fees, internet hosting and remittances
from Tuvaluans abroad, particularly seafarers. Very limited resources,
possibly rising sea levels and modern/global external influences make
this traditional culture fragile.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~10,000 and official languages Tuvalu and English.
~98.2% are Pacific, ~1.8% Other (European).
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
~97.71% claim to be Christian, ~1.19% Non-religious, ~1.1% Baha’i.
In the Christian category:
~94.6% are Protestant, ~1% Catholic.
Evangelicals represent ~17.8% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~3.4% and of those ~3% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010