Costa Rica

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Costa Rica

Republic of Costa Rica

Latin America

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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

Urbanites: 64.3%

HDI Rank: 54 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 21 (5% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Spanish. English and Mekitelyu spoken on Caribbean coast    Languages: 13 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Missions. The largest agencies are YWAM, LAM, AoG, RG, IT, ABWE, CCCI. The country’s 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.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Costa Rica.