Ruins of Saint Paul Church
Macau was colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century and the first European settlement in the Far East. It is also the first and last European colony in China. In 1999 it was turned over to China and was became one of the Special Administrative Regions (SAR) the other one is Hong Kong. Under China’s “one country, two systems” formula Macau would enjoy autonomy with China’s socialist economic system except with foreign and defense affairs.
Macau’s economy is based largely on tourism and gambling. Since the turnover of Macau to China there has been an increase of visitors from Mainland China. According to World Fact book in 2008 Macau’s visitors reached up to more than 30 million, almost 60% came from Mainland China.
Both Cantonese and Portuguese are the official languages; other languages such as Mandarin, English Hokkien, and Tagalog are also spoken by some residents. As of 2009 Macau’s population is 560,000.
Major Religions are Buddhism 14.4%, Christianity 9.4% ( 62.6% are Roman Catholics, 1.7% are evangelicals, the rest are Anglicans, etc.) Ethnic Religion 25%, Islam 0.2%, Non-Religious 48.8%, Other 2.2%. Ninety three percent of the total population is considered as Unreached. Joshua Project website defines “unreached’ as the people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group.
PRAY FOR MACAU
· Pray that the Lord will grant favor for the missions agencies that are targeting Macau.
· Ask the Holy Spirits to soften the hearts of the people especially the unreached towards the Gospel message
· Pray for those Christians who are ministering to these people.
· Ask the Lord to raise-up strong local churches.
Sources: Joshua Project
World Fact Book