Cajun, Acadian make up a significant portion of south Louisiana's population and have exerted an enormous impact on the state's culture. Significant populations reside in southern Louisiana west of the Mississippi as far north as Avoyelles, Evangeline, Allen, and Calcasieu Parishes.
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Acadians, also known as Cajun Acadian or Acadian Creole, are a people group mainly living in the state of Louisiana in the United States and are dispersed in several Canada provinces. They are predominantly descendants of Acadian exiles, French-speakers from Acadia.
In Canada, larger numbers of Acadians reside in New Brunswick and Quebec along with smaller numbers in Ontario. In the United States, many Acadians migrated to present day Louisiana state, where they developed what is known as Cajun culture. Not all Acadians in Louisiana descend solely from Acadians who settled in south Louisiana during the 18th century, as many have intermarried with other groups.
Acadians speak a dialect of French called Acadian French. Many of those in New Brunswick speak Chiac and English. The Louisiana Cajun descendants speak a dialect of American English called Cajun English, with several also speaking Cajun French, a close relative of the original dialect from Canada influenced by Spanish and West African languages.
Pray that churches and mission organizations will accept the challenge of adopting and reaching the Acadian people.
Ask God to give Cajun Acadian believers boldness to share the Gospel with their own people.
Pray that God will grant wisdom and favor to evangelical Christians and churches to engage the Acadian people with intentional church planting strategies.
Ask the Lord to save key leaders among the Acadian people who will boldly declare the Gospel.
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