In light of the upcoming mission trip to Costa Rica (which happens in five days, by the way!), I thought it would be a good idea to do some research on the country and share what I learn with my blog readers and the people who will be travelling with me.
It’s funny; this will be my fifth trip to Costa Rica and yet I’ve never actually sat down and researched it. So that’s what I’m doing this morning. I got a lot of this information from Jason Mandryk’s book Operation World. I highly recommend it.
Area: 51,100 square kilometres
Population as of 2010: 4,639,827
Christian: 93.94% (Mostly Catholic)
Official State Religion: Roman Catholicism
Life Expectancy: 78.7 yrs
Political Information: Independent of Spain in 1821. Stable, multiparty democratic government.
Literacy Rate: 95.8%
Official Language: Spanish (Spoken by 93.9% of population)
1. Evangelical churches lose almost as many as they gather due to:
a. Failure to disciple new converts
b. Under-resourced pastors
c. Rivalry and divisions among and within denominations and congregations
d. Rigid legalism and failure to enculturate the Gospel
2. Ministry to young people is greatly needed, given that two-thirds of Costa Ricans are under the age of thirty. Alcoholism, drug addictions, violence, and immorality are huge issues among the Costa Rican youth (I’ve lost a couple of friends due to these reasons, so it weighs heavy on my heart.)
3. Missions. Pray for cooperation and fellowship among missionaries and missions agencies in Costa Rica so that their efforts are used to their fullest potential.