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French Guiana


Map of Department of Guiana (French Guiana)

Department of Guiana (French Guiana)

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Background

On the South American continent, between Suriname and Brazil, is the Department of Guiana, otherwise known as French Guiana, a dependency of France. First settled by France in 1604, following the French Revolution one of the islands became the French penal colony known as Devil’s Island. It ceased being a penal colony in 1951. Sugarcane plantations influenced the sparse development which now counts a population of about 168,000 over an area of 91,000 sq km (35,000 sq miles). Bananas, fish and fish products are the main exports. Forests and woodlands cover 90% of the country providing an important resource. The economy is closely tied to the larger French economy through subsidies and imports. French Guiana is the site of the European Space Agency’s rocket base from which are launched communication satellites.

Stone-Campbell Presence

In 1990 an a cappella Church of Christ was planted in the capital city of Cayenne as a result of the work of Don Starks, Boyd Williams and Bill McDonough. Since 2005, Yvon Beaudoin, a minister in the Canadian province of Quebec, makes trips to French Guiana to evangelize.

 Wesley Stepp of Christian Churches/Churches of Christ visited Guiana beginning in 1997.  Over a period of years, he came into contact with several leaders of a local English-speaking Baptist church. The people were very interested in the idea of an independent Christian church that used the Bible as its only authority. After much study and prayer, the leadership decided to leave the local Baptist Association and become an independent Christian Church. In 2005, the group reorganized, began meeting in a home and became incorporated as “The Christian Church of French Guiana.” Shortly after, two other French-speaking churches also became interested in this concept. Dr Stepp then began to organize a team from the United States to share with church leaders and others about the Restoration Movement and ministry opportunities in the Christian Church.

 

Clinton J. Holloway
National Profiles Editor
May 2004, updated January 2008

Revised by Gary Holloway, December 5, 2013

For further historical reference:

Churches of Christ Around the World, Lynn, Mac, 21st Century Christian Publications, Nashville, TN, 2003.

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Dr Wesley Stepp
Bible Institute of Christian Missions
3839 Luth Dr
Jacksonville, FL 32250
Ph 904/866-0551
Email: wesleystepp@bellsouth.net

Leonard Stone
Global Bible School
940 Holly Springs Dr
Lexington KY 40504
Ph 859/278-3202
Email: stonemissions7@earthlink.net

Greg Herriford
Teen Mission, USA, & Mission Journeys
940 Holly Springs Dr
Lexington KY 40504
Ph 859/278-3202
Email: gregh@teenmission.org

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