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 Rico is traditionally Catholic, but evangelicals have grown steadily from 0.1% in 1900 to 25.2 % in 2010, with some claiming even higher. A strong majority of evangelicals are renewalist in theology. A host of small indigenous groups, mostly neo-Pentecostal and charismatic, accounts for the majority of denominations and churches, and this is where most growth is currently happening. There is also a large charismatic movement in the Catholic Church, which is otherwise in marked decline. Sadly, the churches make little impact on the many social needs of the nation.

     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.