Jamaica

The crime rate was so bad, the government declared a statement of emergency . . . and turned to CEF to help stop the violence.

JamaicaJamaica has one of the world’s highest per-capita murder rates. When the number of murders greatly increased in one parish, the government declared a state of emergency. They needed to do something to bring about lasting change.

When the number of murders greatly increased in one parish, the government declared a state of emergency. They needed to do something to bring about lasting change.

After hearing about the difference Good News Club® programs bring in the lives of children, which continues into their adolescence and adulthood, the government of Jamaica turned to CEF for help. Recently the Minister of Education gave permission for Good News Club to be in all the schools in Jamaica. While it’s still early, we’re praying that the power of Christ will change this nation through the lives of its children.

In Jamaica, 2.8 million people live in poverty. This greatly affects children’s daily lives, including their ability to attend school. Primary school is free, but if children want to go further, they have to pay for it—something many of them are unable to do.

The high crime rate also directly impacts children. Often they are stopped from freely attending school and/or participating in extracurricular activities due to civil unrest. Young Jamaicans are traumatized and suffer from major psychological problems very early on due to having witnessed attacks, robberies, and gang wars. And children who are neglected and left to fend for themselves become easy targets for gangs.

The opportunity to share the Gospel in Jamaica is great. In the past year, our CEF team has established local committees in all the parishes and hope to have all their local directors in place by the end of the year. They are also starting their first Christian Youth In Action program. Overall, CEF Jamaica hopes to reach 500,000 children over the next five years.

Through the support of friends of CEF, our team in Jamaica is trusting God will bring lasting change as the children of that country learn about His character and His love for them.

Prayer Request

  • Please pray for our upcoming CYIA then 5-Day Club in July.
  • Pray for schools across our country to open up Good News Clubs.
  • Pray for new national leader Carl Scharschmidt.

Jamaica

Country Population: 2,990,561
Christian Population: 2,263,368
Languages: English, English patois
Life expectancy: 73.7 years
Literacy: 88.7%
Religions: Christian 64.8%
Roman Catholic 2.2%
Jehovah’s Witness 1.9%
Rastafarian 1.1%
Other 30%

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency: The World Factbook (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/); Operation World (http://www.operationworld.org/); World Data Atlas (https://knoema.com/atlas)


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