Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

Caribbean

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Geography

Area: 9,104 sq km

Greater Antilles, between Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands.

Population: 3,998,010    Annual Growth: 0.43%

Capital: San Juan

Urbanites: 97.6%

Peoples

Peoples: 15 (7% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Spanish; English    Languages: 13 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians3,809,30495.280.1
Evangelicals1,007,52025.22.2

Challenges for Prayer

The issue of Puerto Rico’s political identity divided the nation in the past. Independence, US statehood or the current arrangement of commonwealth are all options, but most people now seem content with the status quo. Many are concerned with the increasing Americanization of government. The biggest problem may be, however, the high levels of corruption that plague local government. Pray for wise governance that works for the best interests of the islands’ inhabitants.

Puerto Ricans number nearly as many in the mainland USA as in their own land. Urbanization and unemployment in Puerto Rico crowd the cities and fuel emigration but leave rural areas fairly empty. But the traditional stereotype of a US Puerto Rican – that of a ghetto-dweller in New York City – paints an incomplete picture. There are now pockets in Florida, New England, Chicago and elsewhere, and they span the entire economic spectrum. Pray for those ministering to Puerto Ricans living in the USA.

     For an additional 3 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 Puerto Rico.