The people of Vanuatu are reeling after Cyclone Pam brought mayhem and destruction to their South Pacific nation. Winds of up to 180mph slammed into the 65 islands making up the archipelago, flattening homes, crops, and knocking out bridges and roads. Vanuatu’s president described the damage as ‘unprecedented’ and up to half of Vanuatu’s 277,000 population are estimated to have been affected by the disaster. Vanuatu is one of the world's least developed countries with around 80% of the population making a living through subsistence farming. Pray for people as they start on the road to recovery and for the government to rebuild schools speedily so children don’t miss out on their education. Pray too that the church globally will take action on climate change to help protect the world's poorest people from more disasters like this.
Population: 286,429 (2016)
GDP (PPP) per capita: $2,631 (2017 est.)
Religions: 69% Protestant, 13% Catholic, 6% indigenous beliefs, 2% Atheist or Agnostic, 10% other religions