Country: Panama

Number of People Groups

30

People Groups Unreached

2 (6.7%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

4,046,000

Population in Unreached

12,000 (0.3%)

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

88.2%

% Evangelical

18.13%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.5%
(Global Rate = 2.6%)
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Americans, U.S. 159,000 190,299,000 English Christianity 80.00 % 28.90 %
 Arab, Lebanese 7,700 11,648,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 32.00 % 0.50 %
 Arab, Palestinian 8,100 11,940,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 25.00 % 3.00 %
 Arab, Syrian 7,800 15,831,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 6.00 % 0.10 %
 Bribri 1,200 15,000 Bribri Christianity 75.00 % 12.00 %
 British 1,100 51,406,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 8.00 %
 Buglere, Bogota 19,000 19,000 Buglere Christianity 75.00 % 17.00 %
 Deaf Unknown Unknown Panamanian Sign Language Christianity 91.00 % 19.30 %
 Embera, Northern 24,000 43,000 Embera, Northern Christianity 85.00 % 12.00 %
Embera-Saija 500 5,100 Epena Christianity 60.00 % 0.50 %
 French 41,000 49,762,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 %
 Greek 3,200 10,656,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 32,000 77,696,000 Chinese, Yue Non-Religious 9.00 % 6.00 %
 Han Chinese, Hakka 27,000 42,846,000 Chinese, Hakka Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.00 %
 Han Chinese, Min Nan 1,200 56,475,000 Chinese, Min Nan Non-Religious 9.00 % 5.00 %
 Hindi, East Indian 14,000 1,431,000 Hindi Hinduism 10.00 % 0.50 %
 Italian 20,000 37,691,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 %
 Jamaicans 364,000 3,703,000 Jamaican Creole English Christianity 90.00 % 28.00 %
 Japanese 2,000 124,775,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.50 % 0.50 %
 Jew, Spanish Speaking 10,000 298,000 Spanish Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Kuna, Paya-Pucuro Cuna 900 3,600 Kuna, Border Christianity 70.00 % 4.00 %
 Ngabe, Guaymi 286,000 290,000 Ngabere Christianity 92.00 % 4.00 %
Panamanian, Black 178,000 178,000 Spanish Christianity 94.00 % 19.00 %
 Panamanian, Mestizo 2,343,000 8,654,000 Spanish Christianity 95.00 % 20.00 %
 Panamanian, Mulatto 235,000 235,000 Spanish Christianity 91.00 % 19.00 %
 Part-Indian 119,000 397,000 Spanish Christianity 88.00 % 10.00 %
 San Blas Kuna 89,000 89,000 Kuna, San Blas Ethnic Religions 6.00 % 4.00 %
 Spaniard 38,000 28,653,000 Spanish Christianity 77.00 % 1.00 %
 Teribe, Naso 4,500 4,500 Teribe Christianity 65.00 % 9.00 %
 Wounaan 8,000 12,000 Woun Meu Christianity 65.00 % 0.50 %
  Totals:  30 4,046,000       2   88.17 % 18.13 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 5,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 4,051,000              
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Prayer Cards
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 2 0 Bible Portions
Arabic, South Levantine Spoken ajp 1 0 Bible Portions
Bribri bzd 1 0 New Testament
Buglere sab 1 0 New Testament
Chinese, Hakka hak 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Min Nan nan 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Yue yue 1 0 Complete Bible
Embera, Northern emp 1 0 New Testament
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
Epena sja 1 0 New Testament
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Hindi hin 1 0 Complete Bible
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Jamaican Creole English jam 1 0 New Testament
Japanese jpn 1 1 Complete Bible
Kuna, Border kvn 1 0 New Testament
Kuna, San Blas cuk 1 0 Complete Bible
Ngabere gym 1 0 New Testament
Panamanian Sign Language lsp 1 0
Spanish spa 6 1 Complete Bible
Teribe tfr 1 0 Complete Bible
Woun Meu noa 1 0 New Testament
Totals: 23 30 2   20 20 17 22 7

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.2 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 18.1 %)
88.2 %
Ethnic Religions
4.7 %
Hinduism
0.2 %
Islam
0.6 %
Non-Religious
4.7 %
Other / Small Religions
1.4 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
3.1 %
Independent
7.3 %
Orthodox
0.5 %
Other Christian
3.4 %
Protestant
17.2 %
Roman Catholic
63.8 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Panama. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Panama
  • Christian ministry in Panama
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Panama or Central and South America. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.

Panama Statistics
People Groups 30
Unreached People Groups 2  (6.7%)
Population 4,046,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.5%
Population in Unreached 12,000  (0.3%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 2 to 4
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Christian Adherent 88.2%
Percent Evangelical 18.1%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.5%
Country Progress Level 5
Urbanization 66%
Continent North America
Region Central and South America
10/40 Window No
Country Code PM
Official National Language(s) Spanish
Literacy Rate 98%
Estimated Illiterate Population 81,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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