In a rugged land that bridges continents and connects oceans, opportunity thrives

Panama provides not only a trade waterway between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but also a land bridge between North and South America.

Marked by hundreds of snaking rivers, impenetrable jungles and soaring mountains, the country is home to many indigenous species — from the pygmy three-toed sloth to the glow-throated hummingbird.

The Panama Canal, coffee farms, banking and pharmaceuticals are among many business pursuits make the country one of the fastest-growing economies in Central America.

The population that has grown tenfold during the last century, with a mix that includes Amerindian, African and European heritage.

Your participation with Missions Door enables missionaries from Latin America to plant and strengthen churches and develop Christian leaders in Panama.

Cultural Snapshot

For celebrations, a woman in Panama commonly wears a pollera, a long, traditional skirt covered with detailed embroidery.

Faith Fact

Each year Panama City celebrates Christmas with a parade that showcases traditional costumes and decorated boats.

Country Profile

Population: 3 million

Major Religions: 85% Catholic, 15% Protestant

Languages: Spanish (official), 14% English

Literacy: 94%

Poverty: 26%