Pray for: Costa Rica

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Latin America
Capital: San José
Population: 5,246,714
% Urban: 81.4 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 21.1 %
Official Language: Spanish. English and Mekitelyu spoken on Caribbean coast
Languages: 13
Literacy Rate: 94 %
Life Expectancy: 77 yrs (68/236)
HDI Ranking: 58 / 189
% Christian: 93.9 %
% Evangelical: 14.8 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 93.9 %
People Groups: 21
Least Reached People Groups: 1
% Unevangelized: 1 %

Costa Rica

Title: Costa Rica

Tier: 1

Type: country

Evangelicals in Costa Rica grew to 15% of the population, and established one of Latin America’s most effective mission movements. But the Church needs prayer. Most Costa Rican churches are good at winning “converts”, but they fail to disciple them well. Pastors survive on minimal incomes and have little help, so they struggle to provide consistent pastoral care. Christians often fall away in difficult times or move to different churches. Pray for effective and sustainable models of doing church and making disciples in Costa Rica.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.