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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.

Chile is a warm, family-oriented society. Hospitality is important and Chileans love to celebrate. It has one of the highest standards of education in South America. Many Chileans feel the pressure to work long hours to support their lifestyles.

Most Chileans are Roman Catholics by tradition, although Christians who attend church every week tend to be viewed as fanatical and new converts often face this reaction from their families. 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.

The Anglican Church in Chile (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, and being involved in church planting and student ministry.

Country Facts
  • Region: Latin America
  • Capital: Santiago
  • Population: 18.3 million
  • Area: 756,102 km2
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 68.2%, independent Christian 13%, no religion 9.2%
  • Languages: Spanish

Missionaries In Chile

Malcolm and Ainsley Purdey

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Frances Cook

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Chris and Stef Overhall

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Prayer Points

  • Pray that an increasingly secular Chile would 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 the Centre for Pastoral Studies, it would transform students’ hearts, minds and lives.

  • In the midst of social and religious changes in Chile, pray that Christians would be wise and bold.

Mission Opportunities in Chile