Kosrae is a volcanic island within the Federated States of Micronesia. The island’s official language is Kosraean, but English is also prevalent.
Because of Spanish colonization, the island was reported to have a majority Christian following by the 1800s. In the 1930s, Kosrae was unofficially governed by local missionaries. After a long history of European colonization, the United State’s 1945 takeover made the island part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
Family is a key aspect of Micronesian culture. Food and feasts have been integral to life on Kosrae. Breadfruit, coconut, banana, taro, yam, and sugarcane are all traditional foods. “Fahfah,” a food prepared by trained men, is one of several Kosraean feast foods. This tradition survives to the present.
In 1986, the Compact of Free Association granted residents of the Federal States of Micronesia rights to permanently dwell in the U.S. Despite this, Micronesians have been described as a “hidden minority,” with many American citizens unaware of the islanders’ presence in the states. Many come to the US for education, as well as economic opportunities. Language differences are a barrier for many Micronesians. Because of the public school system, younger generations do not face this difficulty to the degree of their predecessors. However, basic necessities are still an imminent need for most immigrants.
Those who come to the US through the Compact of Free Association have a higher per capita rate of military service than U.S. citizens. Those from the Federated States of Micronesia serve at nearly double the per capita rate. Additionally, Micronesians tend to be hired in more entry-level jobs.
Micronesian Americans are mostly Protestant. Protestant church services, which have long been a part of Kosrae tradition, now preserve Micronesian culture for immigrants. Churches are also commonplace for assimilation outreaches, uniting Micronesians in a new and confusing environment. A minority also practice Catholicism.
Adaptation to a completely new culture is challenging; even conceptions of time can be cultural barriers. Cultural clashes can be a significant hurdle for immigrants seeking better opportunities within the United States.
Ask God to enable the Kosrae people to faithfully follow Jesus and make disciples.
Pray for workers to be sent into the harvest, sharing the gospel in a culturally relevant way.
Pray for believers among the Kosrae to take the gospel to the unreached in Micronesia.
Ask God to protect this people group from false doctrine.
Pray for unity among believers, as well as a commitment to biblical truth.
Scripture Prayers for the Kosraen in United States.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Kosraen|
|People Name in Country||Kosraen|
|Alternate Names||Kusaie; Kusaiean|
|Population this Country||700|
|Population all Countries||7,300|
|Progress Scale||3 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||6 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Region||America, North and Caribbean|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||California, Georgia, Hawaii, North Carolina Source: Ethnologue 2010|
Primary Language: Kosraean
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
|Possible Print Bibles|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Kosraean||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Kosraean||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Download scripture in this language||eBible.org|