Area: 756,626 sq km
A 4,200-km-long country wedged between the mountains of the Andes and the Pacific Ocean and averaging only 150 km in width. Also Easter Island/Rapa Nui in the Central Pacific. Great extremes from the hot, northern Atacama Desert to the Antarctic tundra in the south.
Population: 17,134,708 Annual Growth: 1.01%
Official language: Spanish (but Mapudungun increasingly recognized) Languages: 16 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The upper strata of society have traditionally avoided evangelicalism, but this is changing. There is a notable shift toward identifying with non-Catholic Christianity. This is particularly true for denominations originating from outside Chile. Baptist groups, CMA, Anglicans (CMS), AoG, CoN, SIM and others have made some progress in planting churches among them. Pray for this group to experience the life-changing gospel in a dramatic way and for their influence to affect the nation for Gods purposes.
The poor have, historically, been the recruiting ground for Pentecostals, consistent with global patterns. Ministry to them has been almost exclusively spiritual, but recently holistic ministry has grown, with greater focus on education, training and material assistance. Pray that the massive gap between the rich and poor in Chile might be addressed by government, by churches and by missions.
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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Chile.