Alliance missionaries came to Suriname in 1975. Since then, the Alliance national church has grown to three organized churches with more than 700 inclusive members. The Chinese Alliance Church there has sent cross-cultural workers to plant churches in other parts of Latin America.
Field Office Information
C&MA Field Entry in 1979
- Field Director:
- Mailing Address:
- PO Box 1428
2 organized churches, 3 unorganized groups, 3 ordained ministers, 286 baptized members, and 466 inclusive members
0 International Workers in Suriname
- Population--438,144 Infant mortality rate--23.6/1,000 Life expectancy--69
- Capital City
- Paramaribo (217,300) pop.
- Slightly larger than Georgia, Suriname (63,039 sq. mi.) consists of flat coastal lands and hilly forests inland.
- Dutch (official), Surinamese, English, Hindustani, Javanese
- East Indian (Hindustani)--37%; Creole--31%; Javanese--15%; Maroon--10%; Amerindian--2%; Chinese--2%; European--1%; other--2%
- Per capita income--$4,300 Inflation--23% Unemployment--17% Literacy rate--93% (1995 est.)
- Government/Political Climate
- Constitutional democracy. Paraguay gained independence from the Netherlands in 1975. The civilian government was replaced in 1980 by a military regime that declared a socialist republic. In 1987, international pressure forced a democratic election. The military overthrew the civilian government in 1989, but a democratically elected government returned to power in 1991.
- Hindu--27.4%; Protestant (primarly Moravian)--25.2%; Roman Catholic--22.8%; Muslim--19.6%; indigenous--5%
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