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					country profile   OMF International (UK)




                  Macau
                 geography
                     MACAU
                     peninsula




                     TAIPA island




                            COLOANE
                            island



25.4 square km
                                                population




Population: 445,286 (2004 estimate: CIA world factbook) UK: 60,094,648
Density: 17,530 per square km UK: 245/square km
The population growth rate is 0.87% (2004 estimate: CIA world factbook)
                  religion


Non-religious 60%
Chinese 19.69%
Buddhist 13%
Christian 7.31%
(includes nominal Christian, Protestant
and 5% Roman Catholic)
-Protestant Evangelical 1.13%
                                                   history

Macau means city of God and was the name of the temple situated where
 the first Portuguese explorers landed
1557: Portuguese trading colony
1887: Portuguese sovereignty
1900: became known as a smuggling and gambling centre
1987: Portugal agreed to return Macau to China
December 1999: Macau returned to China
Surge in visitors from Mainland China
Gambling and tourism are key industries
Now a Special Administrative Region with a high degree of autonomy
 granted by China
    history of
   Christianity
1500s: Roman Catholicism
introduced by Portuguese
1600: Macau 95% Catholic
1800s: Protestant missions
began
1990: Roman Catholic
population reduced to 9%
1990: 54 Protestant churches
Today: Church growth is slow
               OMF work in Macau




A small team is involved in church work, preaching,
evangelism, drug rehabilitation and prison visiting
opportunities
   with OMF



 working with the Church,
      evangelism & bible
                 teaching
        prison ministries
        pray for the government



The President of China is the Chief of State, but Macau has
its own government
Corruption is widespread in Macau
There is organised crime at every level of society

Around 7% of the workforce are employed in gambling,
which is a key industry
pray for the
church
The ProtestantEvangelical
Church is small
       high leadership
There is a
turnover
More training is needed
Macau isone of the world’s
least-discipled communities
of Chinese people
                pray for evangelism




Pray for evangelism among all levels of society
Pray for unity & co-operation as churches work together
There has been an influx of missionaries from Hong Kong
and other countries since 1999; pray that their work will be
effective

				
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