Happy February, and welcome to our 9th missions’ spotlight! I admit I knew nothing about French Guiana until I wrote this post! I hope you enjoy our little trip to this South American nation! So, without further ado, let’s take off!
Country: Départment de la Guyane (French Guiana is owned by France and is a member of the European Union)
Continent: South America
Population: 290,691 (2020)
Largest City: Cayenne (61,550)
Motto: Work Creates Abundance
National Anthem: La Marseillaise
Current Leader: Rodolphe Alexandre
Language: Guianese Creole French
Bordering Countries: Brazil and Suriname
Religions: 74.3% Catholic; 9.9% Protestant (including Baptist 😉); 3.4% Christian syncretic; 2.9% Chinese folk religion; 6% Other; 3.4% No Religion. At least 87% of the population is involved in false religion, and probably more have never heard a clear Gospel presentation from the Bible.
Animals of Interest: Collared Peccaries (swine), Squirrel Monkeys, Harpy Eagles, Agouti (rodent), White-Faced Saki (monkey), South American Tapir (swine-like), Red-Handed Tamarin (?), Greater Long-Nosed Armadillo, just to name a few!
Famous Foods: Bouillon D’Aoura (smoked fish, crab, prawns, vegetables and chicken, with aoura, a savanna tree fruit); Forrest game with red beans and rice; Couac (grated and dried yucca); Blaff (Spicy fish chowder); Roti (oil fried bread used for dipping); and Doku (a creamy corn dessert with cinnamon and brown sugar).
Fun Facts: Cayenne pepper (a favorite in my family, especially in the winter!) is named after the capitol of FG! Guiana means “land of many waters”! Since they are members of the EU, FG uses Euros instead of their own national currency.
Missionaries: (Subject to Additions!)
Prayer Requests: Pray that the light of the Gospel will reach this nation. I’m not sure if FBN is heard in this country, so please pray that God will bless the broadcast and that the Falkland people will hear the Gospel. And above all, pray for laborers to go and serve!
Don’t forget to check your list of missionaries at your church for Missionaries to French Guiana! Encourage your family to pray for them and perhaps send them a note of encouragement!
Have a blessed week!
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