Pray for: the Seychelles: low biblical understanding and discipleship. Syncretism. Social stratification based on skin color. Unengaged fathers.
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Seychelles

Population: 91,400

Rank: Central Africa: last World: # 186

Languages: French, English and Seselwa (a French Creole)
Major People Groups: Creole 94.7%, Other 5.3%

Prayercast reports that although the evangelical population is very small, they have big vision and are actively trying to make an impact, but reportedly only 2% of the population believe Jesus is the Son of God. Some of the remote islands have had very little exposure to the gospel message. The per-capita income estimate may be misleading, since there is a great gap between high and low wage-earners.

The Seychelles are a group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean that lie off the coast of East Africa, northeast of Madagascar. Only a few are inhabited. Seychelles is very dependant upon tourism, which employs about 30% of the labor force. Per Capita, Seychelles is estimated to be the wealthiest country in Africa, yet it topped a 2013 list of the most indebted nations in the world. With 868 prisoners per 100,000 people, Seychelles also has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and piracy costs them 4% of their GDP.

According to the 2010 census, most Seychellois are nominally Christian: 76.2% were Roman Catholic, pastorally served by the exempt Diocese of Port Victoria or Seychelles (immediately dependent on the Holy See); 10.6% were Protestant, (Anglican 6.1%, Pentecostal Assembly 1.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1.2%, other Protestant 1.6%). It's estimated that only 5.9% are evangelical.

Hinduism is practiced by 2.4%, and Islam by 1.6%. Other non-Christian faiths accounted for 1.1% of the population while a further 5.9% were non-religious or did not specify a religion.

Seychelles Government

The President of Seychelles is both head of state and head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the National Assembly.

James Michel, President of Seychelles since 2004
Party Total
People’s Party (Seychelles) 31123
Popular Democratic Movement 3828
Independents 194

Christian ministries operating

in Seychelles
Assemblies of God World Missions
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, World Missions
Child Evangelism Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene World Mission Department
Every Home for Christ
Seventh-day Adventists General Conference
Southern Baptist Convention - International Mission Board
Youth With A Mission

Seychelles Conditions

Seychelles has a U.N. "Human Development Index" (HDI) of 64, which is "high." The World Health Organization reports that it is on-target to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and has achieved gender parity in public schooling, halved its under-5 mortality rate and is in first place in healthcare, infrastructure and education out of the top 10 of the "Ibrahim Index of African Governance," with one doctor per 780 people, and a life-expectancy of 68 for males and 78 for females.

The "World Factbook" population pyramid graphs the age and sex of the population. African nations tend to be very narrow near the top, with few of the citizens reaching advanced ages, but Seychelles' profile actually broadens in the middle and narrows slightly at the bottom, after the fashion of Western nations.
The IHME mortality chart for Seychelles reveals that HBP, Obesity, elevated cholesterol, sodium and sugar, as well as smoking and alcohol use make up the largest blocks of morbidity statistics, as they do in the USA.

Seychelles is ranked as the 1st in Africa in the United Nations Human Development Index 2013, with 46th place in the world ranking, due to its high life expectancy, education, and GNI per capita, according to the UN

Seychellois OMs
Hema Sabadin
Kingsley Pouponeau
GMO's Stats on Seychelles

In 2015 we had 16,630 Gospel Visits, 1,335 indicated decisions, and 1,686 Discipleship Visits from Seychelles. We have two Online Missionaries in Seychelles.

 

When I was in post secondary another friend and I was encouraged by a friend to join an Alpha group as she was sharing her experience from a retreat. At first we were reluctant. We were thinking they talk too much about Jesus; but then we said, "why not go?" just out of curiosity. We started the course and each day found it interesting until we had a complete turn around during the retreat. Since then I've lived my life knowing that I am here for a purpose and each day as a draw closer to God to discover what it is..Things on every aspect has changed gradually for me. It's a decision that I have made and I don't even want to look back. Where would I go without him? — Seychellois OM Hema Sabadin

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