Area: 127,849 sq km
The largest of the Central American republics. Central mountainous area between Pacific and Caribbean coasts.
Population: 5,822,265 Annual Growth: 1.31%
Official language: Spanish. English-speaking communities on east coast Languages: 7 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Ministry challenges for the Church:
a) Revival for the English/Creole and Miskito churches in the Caribbean eastern provinces. Many are Moravian, Anglican or Catholic and are often traditional and syncretistic. The Miskito in particular suffered severely at the hands of the Sandinistas.
b) Those devastated by the civil war. Ex-Sandinistas and Contras often find that, while the conflict has passed, their suffering and loss remain. They need those who can minister love and spiritual healing to them after the bitter war, with its many atrocities meted out to opponents and innocent civilians alike.
c) The Hispanicized Indians. These are nominally Catholic, and few active evangelical congregations exist among them.
d) The Garifuna are still largely animist, but there are some churches among them. The NT is being translated.
e) Immigrant groups are increasing, particularly Westerners looking to develop the economy and Chinese. There are no churches among this latter group.
Young people have grown up in a country ravaged by war and disaster and distorted by political ideologies. Stable families are rare. Not many churches are equipped or committed to meet their needs, despite the fact that 75% of the population is under age 30. CECNIC(IFES) has 22 groups in the universities where, along with YWAM and CCCI, they are active in evangelism and mission trips. There are even three evangelical universities; pray for a redemptive and transforming impact on society.
For an additional 7 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 Nicaragua.