Written by: Micaela Cooper
Christmas Island is a tiny island three-quarters the size of Washington D.C. It is located in the Indian Ocean south of Indonesia and North West of Australia. Although it was first discovered on Christmas Day, 1643, the island was not inhabited until much later. The first inhabitants were imported to mine the island’s rich phosphate deposits. The United Kingdom had control of the island until they sold it to Australia in 1958 for $20 million.
Most of the inhabitants of the island were transferred from China to work in the phosphate mines. Today the island has a population of about 2205 people, seventy percent of whom are Chinese. The rest of the population is made up of Europeans and Malaysians.
Only thirty-seven percent of Christmas Island is open to inhabitants. The other sixty-three percent is designated as an Australian national park. The island is mostly tropical rainforest, home to many different species of beautiful plants and animals. Many people would see the island almost exclusively as a tourist attraction. The locals receive very little attention from visitors.
The need for the gospel is great. On this small island you can easily find an airport, a casino, and a mosque. Religions are as diverse as the people including Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Islam, and Christianity. In all this darkness it is difficult to find a light. People are plunged in idol worship not having a knowledge of the true God that made heaven and earth.
Second Corinthians 4:3-4 says, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” This is most definitely true of the inhabitants of Christmas Island. Just like we were before knowing Christ, they are lost and blinded to the truth. This would be a tragic end to the story. The passage in 2 Corinthians goes on to say in verses 5 and 6, “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” The knowledge of God through Jesus Christ comes by preaching! These people will remain lost and blinded to the truth unless someone goes to tell them about the gospel of Jesus Christ that can save them from their sins. As of right now, the majority of the island is without a witness. Someone must go to turn these people from the path of destruction they are on. They need a witness. They need to know Christ.
About the Author: Micaela and her husband Daniel are students at the Our Generation Training Center. They are preparing to take the Gospel into the world wherever God leads.