Population: 566,846 (2013)
Official language: Dutch
Major religion: Christianity
IFES movement: Jesus' Students Suriname Movement (JSSM)
Suriname is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the Americas with a large proportion of the population descended from African, Indian and Indonesian immigrants during the Dutch colonisation. It is a democratic country where there is freedom of religion.
- groups in 16 secondary schools
- groups in 12 post-secondary/pre-tertiary schools
- 1 full-time, 1 part-time staff, many volunteers
- graduates ministry
- largest group 60 - 70 students
- smallest group 4 - 6 students
JSSM is a movement with committed staff and supporters. This has led to successful activities like a March for Jesus this year. They were delighted that churches also responded well to the call to participate in the march.
Like many IFES movements JSSM has a lack of financial and human resources, but trusts God for his continued provision.
View from the inside
Fergill Maclean, Board Chairman of JSSM, says, ‘I have been honoured to be part of this great movement first as a student, then as staff and now as board chair. I have seen how my life has been changed through the fellowship and teaching I received through this movement. As board chair I want to continue this work and hope that I can reach even more students through JSSM and also by partnering with other organisations with similar goals and mission’.
‘We continue to pray for God to send more labourers for the harvest. I believe that if we find labourers to work the harvest, the gardener (God) will send the needed resources to keep the labourers.’
- for wisdom as the board seeks to guide this movement;
- for provision of human and financial resources;
- for open doors for students at the various schools.