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Women’s World Day of Prayer 6 March 2015: The Bahamas

Do you know what I have done to you? John 13, 1-17

The local service to mark Women's World Day of Prayer will take place on Friday 6 March in Petersfield United Reformed Church at 1:30 pm. Although described at Women's World Day of Payer men are most welcome!

Bahamas: Geography
The Bahamas is an expanse of water made up of over 700 scattered islands, hence the name archipelago, covering over 100,000 square miles of water in the Atlantic Ocean. Only a small number of the islands are inhabited. The two main islands are New Providence and Grand B ahama; the rest are called ‘Family’ or ‘Out’ islands.
The most northerly island, Bimini, is approximately 52 miles off the coast of Florida, USA and from the southernmost island of Inagua one can see the lights of Cuba and Haiti. The islands are very flat with Mount Alvernia (in Cat Island) as their highest point, a peak only 206 feet high. The largest island, Andros, is 104 miles long by 40 miles wide at the widest point. The Andros Barrier Reef is the world’s third longest after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Central American Belize Barrier Reef.
The Bahamas lies in the tropics so the temperature is warm for most of the year, with the
hottest months (June to October) being subject to hurricanes.

Population
The latest census listed a total population of over 353,600 of which nearly 249,000 live on the island of New Providence, where the government is located in Nassau. The island of Grand Bahama, which boasts the nation’s second largest city, has a popu lation of nearly 52,000 and only six other islands have populations of 3,000 and over. The descendants of the African slaves constitute about 86% of the present day population, and the official language is English intertwined with a special Bahamian diale ct, peculiar to most of the islands and known as ‘Smokey Joe’

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