This country is famous for its fertile land, frequent rainfall, its well-educated population and its location. One quarter of Costa Rica’s land is dedicated to national forests, often adjoining picturesque beaches, which has made the country a popular destination for affluent retirees and tourists.
Costa Rica’s political system has steadily developed, maintaining democratic institutions and an orderly, constitutional scheme for government succession. The country has avoided military involvement in political affairs because it has no armed forces.
What we do:
- LIVE Talamanca: The indigenous communities of Costa Rica live in extremely remote areas, the majority in the mountains of Talamanca. OM Costa Rica has a ministry in this area called, “Live Talamanca,” which strives to bring tangible transformation by meeting social, developmental, and spiritual needs through long-term discipleship.
- Pearl Process: This ministry strives to reflect Jesus, and holistically transform the lives of women at risk, rising up out of poverty, oppression, and exploitation through discipleship, mentoring, workshops, and self help groups.
- Mobilization: This ministry seeks to spark a passion in the local church for missions throughout the world, through church visits, presentations, mission events, and outreaches. OM Costa Rica connects individuals with a heart to serve God with local, national, and global opportunities to spread the gospel.
How you can get involved:
- Pray for the leadership, for wisdom and discernment in their responsibilities
- Pray for the local ministries and for their further development
- Pray for the Costa Rican missionaries serving abroad
- Pray for the local church, that they become more mission oriented
- Give — Give here (http://www.om.org/en/give) to help support the work of OM in Costa Rica
More information about Costa Rica.
- Population: Population: 4, 639,827 Annual Growth: 1.40%, Area: 51,100 sq km, Capital: San José.
- Official language: Spanish
- State of Economy: The economy of Costa Rica is very stable and depends essentially on tourism, agriculture and electronics exports. Costa Rica is one of the most competitive countries in Latin America with good infrastructure, technological standards and stable macroeconomics. Foreign investors remain attracted by the country’s political stability, relatively high education level and the numerous free-trade zones.
- Religious make-up(%) 84.8% Christian; 14.8% Evangelical
- State of the church: The evangelical Church has grown steadily over the last 50 years and accounts now for around 15% of the population. While the majority of the Costa Ricans are still Catholic, the amount of people actively practicing their Catholic faith has decreased significantly. The local evangelical Church is still not very mission oriented but more focused on growing in size and membership.