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Introduction / History
Norfolk Island is a small volcanic island with rolling hills, plains, high cliffs, and virtually inaccessible coastline located in the south Pacific approximately 1000 miles east of Sydney, Australia and 700 miles northwest of Auckland, New Zealand.
The population of just over 2000 on this subtropical island enjoys mild weather with little variation in temperature throughout the year. The majority of the 20 miles of coastline is high cliffs with rocks below; however, the land slopes to a beach in one area where the capital (Kingston) is located.
The island was settled by the British in the 1700s as a penal colony but was later abandoned. In the 1800s, the descendants of escaped prisoners, Tahitians, and other Polynesians settled the island. Today, the island functions as a self-governing territory of Australia and abides by English Common Law and Australian Law.
Where are they located?
Norfolk Island is a small volcanic island with rolling hills, plains, high cliffs, and virtually inaccessible coastline located in the South Pacific approximately 1000 miles east of Sydney, Australia and 700 miles northwest of Auckland, New Zealand. The geographic coordinates are 29 02 South and 167 57 East.
What are their lives like?
Norfolk Island is populated by 2000 people who are mostly the descendants of British, Tahitians, Australians, and New Zealanders. The small island is roughly two-tenths the size of Washington DC with 20 miles of high, jagged cliff coastline. A small area of land slopes to a beach at the water's edge in the capital city of Kingston.
The weather is mild subtropical and varies little throughout the year. There is a monsoon season that runs from May through July. The time zone for Norfolk Island is 16.5 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard time. The international calling code for reaching Norfolk Island by telephone is 672 and the island uses the Australian Dollar as currency.
Norfolk Islanders speak English and Norfolk, which is a combination of 18th century English and ancient Tahitian. They depend mostly upon tourism related activities for the generation of income although government, other public service jobs, and agricultural activities produce income as well. Beef, poultry, eggs, and various fruits & vegetables are the primary products of agricultural activities that make up 10% of the island's economy.
Norfolk Island has one airport located in Kingston and it is equipped with a paved runway. The island has 50 miles of roads, ¾ of which are paved. There is a seaport located in the capital city.
Landline telephones are readily available on the island and are connected to Australia and New Zealand via underwater cable. Mobile telephones are not available. Internet service is available but in limited amounts. Norfolk Island has one local radio station with several radio and television stations available via satellite reception from Australia.
Military protection for the island is the responsibility of Australia and there are no domestic or international disputes currently.
What are their beliefs?
There are several belief preferences on Norfolk Island. The breakdown is Anglican 32%, Roman Catholic 11.5%, Uniting Church in Australia 10.6%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, other Christian 5.6%, none 20%, and unspecified 17%. Over one-third of the population consider themselves non-religious or of no specific preference. It is also possible that traditional superstitions have infiltrated belief systems on the island. The island has a slightly negative birthrate but approximately 20% of the population is 14 years old or younger. There are opportunities available to reach people for Jesus Christ on the island. The westernization and general comfort with Christianity offers an open door to those who are interested in promoting evangelization, discipleship, and Christian education.
What are their needs?
Like any other location in the world, it is possible that other beliefs and even superstitions have been incorporated into the religious practices of the people. Every location throughout the world needs clear and concise expositional teaching of the Bible. Any people, nation, or belief system can drift from the true teaching of the Bible over time. Norfolk Island will benefit from persistent Bible teaching reminding them of the true message from scripture as it was originally recorded. Another helpful practice is to train the trainers where missionaries can supplement the knowledge and materials used by local believers to teach their countrymen. It should also be kept in mind that learning from the locals can be a great opportunity for the missionaries as well.
Bibles, teaching materials, and raw material supplies can be valuable gifts for people in remote areas since access to these supplies can have limited availability.
* Pray for God to call this people group to Himself
* Pray for God to invigorate His people on the islands to accomplish His work
* Pray for the opportunity to reach out to other islands in the region
* Pray for access for God's people to evangelize the lost
* Pray for safety and provision for all who labor for God's kingdom
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
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