Pray for Our World: Chile

Chile is wedged between the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean, with an average of only about 150 km in width.  Mining and mineral exports are the most important economic activities, especially with copper.  Chile is still trying to progress from its previous dictatorship to a democracy.

There has been a growth of evangelicals in the last 40 years, and spurred by a previous Methodist church indigenous Pentecostal revival in 1909.  The Catholic church was disestablished from the constitution in 1925, and they have suffered decline due to their ties to former regimes, as well as the explosive growth of Pentecostalism and an equal increase in non-religious sentiments.

Chile also includes the territory of Easter Island, a remote volcanic island in Polynesia. It is famous for its archaeological sites, including nearly 900 large carved statues called moai, created by inhabitants during the 13th–16th centuries. The moai are carved human figures with oversize heads.

Pray for Our World: Canada

Canada has almost 10 million square km, the world’s second-largest country.  Most are European with a French majority in Quebec.  It has a diverse landscape and mix of peoples – both indigenous and immigrant.  70% of their trade is with the USA.  There is freedom of religion but also rapid secularization.  The majority is Christian Catholic, but 20% are non-religious.  Just like in the USA, the increase in liberal theology coincides with the decrease in church attendance.

I have traveled through most of Canada from Vancouver in the west to Quebec, Montreal and Newfoundland in the east.  It is very European, which is unique for North American continent, and is very secular.  I did not see much evidence of religion of any kind.  However, they do like American Christian television programs, and there are several strong student ministries in their colleges and universities.  The hope lies in our youth, that they will take a stand for their faith in a real way, and lead the next generation.