Pray for: El Salvador

Flag for El Salvador

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Latin America
Capital: San Salvador
Population: 6,396,289
% Urban: 74.1 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 26.9 %
Official Language: Spanish
Languages: 7
Literacy Rate: 87 %
Life Expectancy: 70.7 yrs (149/236)
HDI Ranking: 125 / 189
% Christian: 94.6 %
% Evangelical: 31.6 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 94.6 %
People Groups: 10
Least Reached People Groups: 1
% Unevangelized: 1 %

El Salvador

Title: El Salvador

Tier: 1

Type: country

Praise God that peace has held since the end of the civil war in 1992. Since then, corruption in politics has been a big problem in El Salvador, but multiple free elections have occurred, with different parties prevailing at different times. El Salvador’s main struggles are now against poverty and gang violence. Money sent home from Salvadorans working abroad is the largest part of the economy. Nearly 23% of the country lives below the poverty line. Violent criminal gangs known as “maras” keep the nation among the global leaders for murder rates and juvenile delinquency. Overcoming these two giants will take more than just good social and economic policy – El Salvador needs a spiritual awakening that transforms the nation!

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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.