- For a surge in national Christian workers.
- For unity among Christian organizations to effectively minister to this religiously diverse nation.
- For more Christian internet resources in the languages of the highly connected population.
- That Mauritius might receive more teachers of the Word who are well-trained models of godliness.
1 281 353 ( 2017 est.)
Roman Catholic 26.3%
Other Christian 6.4%
Unspecified 0.1% (2011 est.)
803 896 ( 2017)
7,85% ( 2016 est.)
LEAST REACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
Lord Jesus, we pray for the people of Mauritius. Father, please raise up more national Christian workers to proclaim the Good News. May the believers in Mauritius have an urgency to testify about Your love and saving grace to their neighbours.
We pray for unity among Christian organizations to effectively minister to this religiously diverse nation. We also intercede on behalf of those who are in need of teachers of the Word. Father, will You please raise up well-trained models of godliness in this nation so that they can shepherd Your flock.
We also pray for more Christian internet resources in the languages of this highly connected population of Mauritius. In the name of Jesus we pray.
State of the Church
According to “Voice of the Martyrs”, Mauritius is now considered to be a country where Christians can worship freely. There have been some cases of persecution, but it is mainly from family members.
The people of Indian descent (Indo-Mauritian) mostly follow Hinduism and Islam. The Franco-Mauritians, Creoles and Sino-Mauritians follow Christianity. A minority of Sino-Mauritians also follow Buddhism and other Chinese-related religions. According to the 2011 census made by Statistics Mauritius, Hinduism is the major religion at 48.5%.
Mauritius was an uninhabited island until the Dutch took possession of it in 1598. In 1710 they abandoned it, because of harsh living circumstances like cyclones, droughts, pest infestations, lack of food and illnesses.
The French then took it as theirs in 1715, using it as a base during the Napoleonic wars from where corsairs would organise successful raids on British commercial ships.
The British later seized the island from the French in 1810.
It was also during this time that many slaves were sold on the island to work on the sugar cane fields. On the 1st of February 1835 slavery was abolished, which led to rapid economic changes. The planters received a compensation of two million pounds sterling for the loss of their slaves that were imported from Africa and Madagascar during the French occupation.
Today Mauritius is considered by many critics as a stable democracy. The average life expectancy of a Mauritian is ±73 years, which is considered to be the highest among developing countries.
- INcontext ministries – http://incontextministries.org/
- CIA World Factbook
- Atlas of Global Christianity – Todd M.Johnson & Kenneth R. Ross (Published by – Edinburgh University Press) (Missionaries and national workers: Africa 2010, page 267)
- Prayercast – http://prayercast.com/
- Unreached people groups – http://www.joshuaproject.net
- The voice of the Martyrs – http://www.persecution.com/
- Jul-Dec, 2010 International Religious Freedom Report – http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/2010_5/index.htm
- Operation World – http://www.operationworld.org/african-countries