About St Kitts


Saint Kitts is an island in the West Indies. The west side of the island borders the Caribbean Sea, and the eastern coast faces the Atlantic Ocean, roughly 1,200 miles from Miami, and about 45 minutes by plane from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

The island is 69 square miles (Knox county, where we live is around 525 square miles) with a population of roughly 45,000 people (Neyland stadium seats over 100,000) . Basseterre is the capital.

Time

Atlantic Standard Time throughout the year. (Eastern Standard Time)

Economy

Agriculture, tourism, light manufacturing.

Language Description

English.

Religion

There are a number of different churches on St. Kitts. The predominant religion is the Christian faith, but many of the local churches are dying out or have corrupt leadership. Most church attendees are women and small children. There are also small Rastafarian, Orthodox and other communities.

Legal System

The legal system is based on English Common Law served by a high court of justice, a Court of Appeal and her Majesty's Privy Council in London. St. Kitts has agreed to be included in the Caribbean Court of Appeals Circuit.

Other Information

In 2009 they had 500,000 tourists visit the island from cruise ships alone
· Since 2005 St. Kitts’s economy is primarily tourism
· Crime and drugs are on the rise due to such a huge change in the growing economy
· St. Kitts has had over 20 murders each year and most all of them are due to the rise in gangs
· St. Kitts was named "Liamuiga" by the Kalinago Indians who inhabited the island. This name, roughly translated in English means "fertile land".
· St. Kitts was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498
· St. Kitts became a sovereign nation in 1983.

St. Kitts is extremely beautiful! Incredible scenery - mountains, beaches, The Atlantic Ocean & Caribbean Sea - unbelievable. It is a very popular place for tourists to vacation.





It is important to keep in mind that there are local people who were born and raised here, and they are not on vacation. (The following pictures and much of the information here is taken from the Graysons' blog at Mission:St Kitts, as well as the St. Kitts Tourism page)


 The streets of Basseterre, the capitol city


Center of Basseterre







St. Kitts is not a Third World Country. There is clean water and electricity. There are wealthy people and homeless people alike. However, most people have to work hard to make ends meet as the cost of living is very high (since everything has to be imported) and the minimum wage is much lower. Most people do not have cars - they take the bus or walk. There are only four fast food restaurants here, which are extremely expensive. Most homes are not air conditioned. This is a different culture completely - slower-paced, more laid back.

We can not wait to be a part of this island, to build relationships with the people, and to share the hope of love that Christ has given us!


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Blessings and Answered Prayers!

26 Days! Looking back to move forward

The Festival of Life!