FRANCE & THE FRENCH CARIBBEAN ISLANDS & BARBADOS
FRANCE MARTINIQUE ST MARTIN BARBADOS
Kingdom Showcases - Outreach Ministries - La Vie reaches out to those four different countries through the internet - mail - e-mails, street evangelism. Since 2010-2011, numerous pieces on the message of salvation were sent (more than 1,000 letters, 3,000 e-mails...) and more is added every year, allowing a lot of people to know about God.
As we reach out to those countries it is important to know the people, the culture, as the Lord loves everyone and does not make a distinction.
BE ACTIVE: REACH OUT, PRAY, FAST, PARTICIPATE - BE PART OF OUR OUTREACH
In France, for this year 2012, we are focusing on Paris, Antony and Pau.
Paris is the political, cultural and intellectual capital of France with a population of approximately 2.2 million (3.6% of the total french population) with an average visitors per year of over 25 million -
France has traditionally been a catholic country and today approximately 80% of the population of France ascribe, at least nominally, to the Catholic religion. In reality, however, France is a deeply secular country which seen the role of organized religion in the lives of people in France diminish ever since the revolutions in 1780 and 1804. Many French people who are counted as belonging to the Catholic religion have not been. The vast majority of Catholics in France do not attend church regularly or even at all.
The Protestant Religion is represented by about one million French people in France. Called Huguenots, Protestants in France were severely persecuted by the Catholic Government in France during the 16th and 17th Centuries. France’s Protestants are located mainly in the south eastern part of the Massif Central, Jura and Alsace in northern France.
Islam is today constitutes the second largest religion in Europe. There are currently believed to be about five million Muslims in France, many of whom are of North African decent. Muslims first started immigrating to France in large numbers during the 1950’s and 1960’s when France needed manpower to sustain it’s economic boom.
Antony is a city, 12 km from Paris in the Department of Hauts-de-Seine - Some staff
from Kingdom Showcases did some outreach among the students and street evangelism in the city of Antony and surrounding cities (Paris, Croix de Berny, Bourg la Reine..)
Pau is a commune on the northern edge of the of the Pyrenees has a population of
around 85,000 people (2008). Birthplace of Henry IV of France.
In Martinique, Fort-de-France, Le Marigot and Riviere Pilote are receiving our attention.
Martinique is one of the twenty-six regions of France has an estimate population of 402,000 habitants - Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant 10.5%, Muslim 0.5%, Hindu 0.5%, other 3.5%. However, many religious communities also have their place here, including the Adventist Church and Jehovah's Witnesses" -
Fort de France is the capital in 1902 after St Pierre was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Pelee. Population: around 91,249 (2007)
Marigot is one commune of Martinique with a population of 5,700 habitants.
Saint Martin - The smallest island in the world ever to have been partitioned between two different nations, St. Martin/St. Maarten has been shared by the French and the Dutch in a spirit of neighborly cooperation and mutual friendship for almost 350 years. The population on the French side is 36,392 habitants (2009 census) and 46,500 habitants on the Dutch side (2005 august census).
In Barbados, we are also reaching out to the people of this beautiful island
Once a Spanish and Portuguese territorial possession known as Os Barbados, in 1625 it became an English, and later a British, colony.The island has an estimated population of 284,589 people, with around 80,000 living in or around Bridgetown, the largest city and the country's capital. In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. Barbados is one of the Caribbean's leading tourist destinations and is the most developed island in the region.
Barbados is the 51st richest country in the world in terms of GDP (Gross domestic product) per capita, has a well-developed mixed economy, and a moderately high standard of living. According to the World Bank, Barbados is classified as being in its 66 top High income economies of the world.
Most Barbadians of African and European descent are Christians (95%), chiefly Anglicans (40%). Other Christian denominations with significant followings in Barbados are the Roman Catholic Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventist and Spiritual Baptists. The Church of England was the official state religion until its legal disenfranchisement by the Parliament of Barbados following independence. Religious minorities include Hindus, Muslims, the Baha'i Faith, and Jews.
FRANCE AND THOSE DIFFERENT ISLANDS NEED YOUR PRAYERS AND YOUR PARTICIPATION -