Area: 51,100 sq km
Agriculturally and ecologically rich land that straddles the Central American isthmus.
Population: 4,639,827 Annual Growth: 1.40%
Capital: San José
Official language: Spanish. English and Mekitelyu spoken on Caribbean coast Languages: 13 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Missions. The largest agencies are YWAM, LAM, AoG, RG, IT, ABWE, CCCI. The countrys stability makes it an ideal base for many regional and global ministries. Pray for cooperation and close fellowship among agencies efforts are too often duplicated. In many agencies, North Americans dominance of personnel, money and culture can diminish both diversity and the opportunity for local expressions.
National ministries and missions are beginning to blossom as the Costa Rican Church matures and as foreign missions hand over control to nationals. These most often take shape as holistic ministries aimed at helping the poor, the sick, the broken and children at risk. Some exciting partnerships are forming. One example is Christ for the City, whose work has resulted in short-term mission teams sent abroad as well as ministry to the most needy at home.
For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Costa Rica.