Profile : Timor Leste

Region: South East Asia
Capital: Dili
Population: 1,261,072
Area: 14 874 sq km
GDP per capita: $21.00
Religions: Roman Catholic 96.9%, Protestant 2.2%
Languages: Tetum (official), Portuguese (official), Indonesian, English


Timor-Leste was a Portuguese colony from the mid 16th Century until 28 November 1975, when it declared its independence. Nine days later it was invaded and occupied by Indonesian forces, who conducted a campaign of "pacification" which claimed the lives of 100 000-plus individuals. The nation regained its autonomy following a referendum in 1999.


Prayer Points

  • Pray for the growth of God's church in Timor-Leste.
  • Pray that Timorese people burdened by religious and social obligations, and oppression, may come to find true hope, life and rest in Jesus Christ.



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