Jamaica was recently spared from the devastating effects of Hurricane Ida and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that could have caused major damage. Thank God for his protection, for good weather helping farmers to harvest their crops and for a recent National Day of Prayer and Fasting. Praise God for the prayers of churches and groups for the nation and for how he listens as the people cry out to him. Pray that God continues to work through them to spread light and hope and for divine insight and guidance to navigate Covid restrictions, government mandates, and other challenges.
Jamaica has the most churches per square mile than any other country in the world, but widespread poverty means that there is pervasive scamming and dishonesty. Volunteer Winsome asks for prayer that Christian students would stand for integrity on campus and in society and trust God to provide for them. Student Kenneka shares that she and her peers also face a lot of peer pressure to be sexually active, and to find their identity far from Christ. She would appreciate prayer for God to give them strength to live pure lives and that Jamaican students would reject confusion caused by campus society and social media about identity and values. Instead may they seek God’s approval.
Jamaica, the largest of the English-speaking Caribbean islands, has a strong democratic tradition. The gospel is preached without hindrance and Christianity is the dominant religion. Yet, despite the presence of many Christians, violent crime is a major issue, with Jamaica having one of the world's highest murder rates. The violence since late May is a result of the attempts of law enforcement groups to arrest a drug baron wanted in the United States and the army has recently been investigated for possible human rights violations. Pray for peace and order in the land and for progress in addressing the complex social and moral issues that give rise to violence.
Population: 2,970,340 (2016)
Official languages: English
GDP (PPP) per capita: $8,991 (2016 est.)
Life expectancy: 73 years
Religions: 62% Protestant, 24% Atheist or Agnostic, 2% Catholic, 2% Jehovah’s Witnesses, 10% other religions