Vanuatu, (pronounced vah-noo-ah-too) is a string of more than 80 islands in the South Pacific. Most of the islands are inhabited; some have active volcanoes. Vanuatu is mountainous and much of it is covered with tropical rain forests. Like most of the area, it is prone to earthquakes and tidal waves. Most of the people live in rural areas and practice subsistence agriculture. Local traditions are strong. The main sources of revenue are agriculture and eco-tourism. But ultimately Vanuatu is not about the geography or climate; it is about the Vanuatu people.
The people of Vanuatu are an intelligent and resourceful people. They have a strong sense of community and familial ties. Most people claim to be Christian but many are confused by their mixing of animism and incomplete Christian understanding. The Vanuatu people have a keen sense of the spiritual world but many do not have a true and helpful understanding of God as He shows Himself in the Bible. There are around 108 different languages spoken throughout the islands. Most of these people have no Bible in their primary language which makes them susceptible to the false teaching of cults who pass through.