Area: 77,082 sq km
The narrowest point of the Central American isthmus, and bisected by the Panama Canal.
Population: 3,508,475 Annual Growth: 1.66%
Capital: Panama City
Official language: Spanish Languages: 18 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Evangelicals, despite much growth, face major obstacles and challenges:
a) Spiritual unity and vision. Despite some progress in recent years, too often local churches are more concerned about their own success than about working together to transform the nation. Pray for the churches to grow in unity and for the work of the Panamanian Evangelical Alliance to this end.
b) Traditional morality is under siege. Divorce, illegitimate children, domestic violence, immorality and drug use are common. This is partly due to Christians failure to provide a biblical model and example of godly living. Pray for the conviction of sin and for solid discipleship that shows people how to live.
c) Inadequate impact on society. Evangelicals are strong in number, but have barely begun to engage the wider needs of Panama. Pray for an informed Church that will bring the gospel into the spheres of politics, culture and the marketplace.
d) Effective ministry to young people. For many, local church structures and ministry do not connect with them. There is an increasing problem with young people forming gangs and taking drugs. Pray for dynamic and relevant ministries to young people. The Bible Society is having an impact in schools through Bible classes and distribution.
e) Theological training that encourages holiness of life and spirituality. There are now nearly 35 Bible schools (20 within AoG alone) and seminaries, as well as four TEE programmes. Pray for more Panamanians to be called into full-time service. Godly, mature leadership is needed to energize the Church and to combat widespread proselytism by marginal sects and Islam.
For an additional 8 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 Panama.