Population: 250,109 (2013)
Official language: French
Major religion: Christianity
IFES movement: Groupes Bibliques Universitaires (GBU)
French Guiana is situated between Brazil and Suriname. It is an overseas department of France, with whom it maintains close economic links. It is a very ethnically diverse region and churches reflect this, with services in many languages.
- 1 university, 1 technical college and 17 high schools
- 6 GBU groups
- no staff, 7 volunteers
- largest group: 20 students
- smallest group: 6 students
GBU French Guiana are grateful for the support of their volunteers and the encouragement they receive from the pastors of local churches. A concrete example of that partnership is the camp organised by the graduates and the GBU, with the participation of a YWAM Guadeloupe leader and the pastor of a local church as main speakers.
The movement’s biggest challenge is to set up a fundraising database to make the most of the new awareness in churches and other local avenues of support.
View from the inside
Jean-Daniel Maignan is the new Board Chair of GBU French Guiana. His commitment has stayed strong since he received a calling for Guiana students. He was one of the movement’s founders in 1996.
As for many, Matthew 28:19 is the inspiration for Jean-Daniel’s ministry and vision: ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’
- for students to get involved more in the evangelisation of other students;
- for more local financial support;
- for the nomination of a full-time staff worker;
- for the creation of a reception centre for students.