Evangelical Church of New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands
The Evangelical Church of New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands is the product of the labour of the London Missionary Society (LMS) and the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society. They began working in New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands in 1841. In 1958 a division occurred in the Protestant Church in New Caledonia which resulted in the creation of two churches. From there the Evangelical Church in New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands became autonomous in 1969.
The church places much importance on its cultural identity and it seeks to accompany the Kanaky people in their quest for emancipation and in view of shaping a new identity. Its mission work faces social problems such as alcoholism, youth suicide, an increase of divorce, precarious life situations and drug addiction.