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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

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country profile

OMF International (UK)

Macau


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geography

MACAU

peninsula

TAIPA island

COLOANE island

  • 25.4 square km


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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)


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religion

  • Non-religious 60%

  • Chinese 19.69%

  • Buddhist 13%

  • Christian 7.31%

  • (includes nominal Christian, Protestant and 5% Roman Catholic)

  • -Protestant Evangelical 1.13%


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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 aSpecial Administrative Regionwith a high degree of autonomy granted by China


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history of Christianity

  • 1500s: Roman Catholicismintroduced byPortuguese

  • 1600: Macau 95% Catholic

  • 1800s: Protestant missionsbegan

  • 1990: Roman Catholicpopulation reduced to9%

  • 1990:54Protestantchurches

  • Today: Churchgrowth is slow


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OMF work in Macau

  • A small team isinvolved in church work, preaching, evangelism, drug rehabilitation andprison visiting


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opportunities with OMF

  • working with the Church, evangelism & bible teaching

  • prison ministries


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pray for the government

  • ThePresident of China is the Chief of State, butMacau has its own government

  • Corruption is widespreadin Macau

  • There isorganised crimeat every level of society

  • Around 7% of the workforce are employed in gambling, which is a key industry


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pray for the church

  • The Protestant Evangelical Church is small

  • There is a high leadership turnover

  • More training is needed

  • Macau is one of the world’s least-discipled communities of Chinese people


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pray for evangelism

  • Pray forevangelism among all levels of society

  • Pray forunity & co-operationas churches work together

  • There has been aninflux of missionaries from Hong Kong and other countriessince 1999; pray that theirwork will be effective


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