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Profile : Chile

Region: Latin America
Capital: Santiago
Population: 17,650,114
Area: 756 626 sq km
GDP per capita: $12600.00
Religions: Roman Catholic 66.7%, Protestant 16.4%, No religion 11.5%
Languages: Spanish

Description

History


Conquered by Spain in 1535, Chile pushed for full independence in the 1810s. In 1973 the government was overthrown by a military regime led by Augusto Pinochet, who ruled until a freely elected president was installed in 1990.

Chile now has a stable government that people trust and a strong economy, especially compared to other South American countries.

Life in Chile


Chile is a warm, family oriented society. Hospitality is important and Chileans love to celebrate.

Chile has one of the highest standards of education in South America.

Church


Chilean culture, heavily influenced by Roman-Catholicism, tends to consider Christians who attend church every week as fanatical and new converts often face this reaction from their families

Most Chileans are Roman Catholics by tradition. The Roman Catholic Church has influenced Chile's conservative society, but secular trends are increasingly evident, with a higher profile on issues such as homosexual rights, divorce and abortion. Many Chileans feel the pressure to work long hours to support their lifestyles.

Chile's Anglican Church (Iglesia Anglicana de Chile) has 50 rural and 50 urban congregations. In 2003 the first Anglican Bible College for training clergy and lay leaders, the Centre for Pastoral Studies, was established in the capital Santiago, under the guidance of Bishop Tito Zavala.

A number of CMS missionaries are supporting the ministry there. The Anglican Church in Chile has asked for missionaries who are able to support the church by teaching at the Centre for Pastoral Studies, being involved in church planting, and in student ministry.

Missionaries

Prayer Points

  • Pray that an increasingly secular Chile will turn from materialism and earthly hopes to embrace the true hope of the gospel.
  • Pray that as the Word of God is studied and taught at CEP, it will transform students’ minds, hearts and lives.
  • In the midst of social and religious changes in Chile, pray that Christians would be wise and bold.

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Opportunities

Category Opportunity Category Duration
Church Planting Church Planting - Chile long term

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