Introduction / History The Isle of Man is an island located between England and Ireland in the Irish Sea approximately 25 miles to the west of Scotland, UK. Part of the Norwegian Kingdom of the Hebrides until the 13th century when it was ceded to Scotland, the isle became property of the British crown in 1765. Today the Isle of Man is a British crown dependency but is not part of the UK or of the European Union. The British Government remains constitutionally responsible for its defense and international representation.
Life on the Isle of Man can be traced as far back as 6500 BC. The languages and culture on the island have been influenced by many cultures including the Celts, Vikings, Irish and the Scottish Gaelic in earlier times and by England in later years. The island has been ruled by several nations and came under British rule in 1765. 1866 marked the transition to a free democracy but the island remains dependent upon the UK in many ways.
What are their lives like? The Isle of Man covers 572 square kilometers of land area which makes it roughly 3 times the size of Washington, DC. The island is covered with hills and valleys where pastures, forests, hills and farmland make up the terrain types. Temperatures are cool in the summer and mild in the winter.
Approximately 85,000 people live on the Isle of Man with 82% of them being less than 65 years of age. Most residents are Manx (Nordic-Celtic) with the remainder of British descent. The languages spoken are English and Manx Gaelic.
The Isle of Man uses a local currency (Manx Pound) which is pegged on par with the British Pound. Local law is based upon British law. Taxes on personal income are among the lowest anywhere in the world. Corporate taxes are 0% in most cases. The economy of the Isle of Man is largely made up of Offshore Banking, Manufacturing and Tourism.
Communication service, broadcast radio and television services and internet connectivity and transportation function much like every other modern country of the world. Many sports and other recreational activities are common on the island. The cuisine of the island has been heavily influenced by British customs but some national dishes still exist that have roots back into the Nordic and Celtic periods.
What are their beliefs? Protestant Christianity dominates the religious landscape on the island. Anglican, Methodist, Baptist and Pentecostal are represented respectively. Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Muslim and Judaism also operate organized activities. Many other smaller faith groups can also be found on the island.
What are their needs? Much of Northern Europe is challenged with old, stale, liturgical religious practices that fail to connect to vibrant New Testament-style worship of and service to God. Also, the Emergent style of quasi-evangelical, quasi-new age mysticism hybrid faith has taken hold. They need, just like everyone else, a consistent and persistent example of Biblical Christianity with deep, doctrinal teaching and discipleship training.
Prayer Points * Pray that God opens a door for renewal and revival in the Isle of Man and Northern Europe.
* Pray for God to raise up locals who will evangelize the island and venture out into Ireland and England with the Gospel.
* Pray for churches and schools to become launching pads for young lives that will dedicate themselves for God's service.