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Republic of Bolivia

Latin America

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Area: 1,099,000 sq km

Landlocked Andean state. High plateau in southwest, tropical lowlands in north and east. One of only two landlocked republics in the Americas.

Population: 10,030,832    Annual Growth: 1.78%

Capital: La Paz (administrative); Sucre (legal)

Urbanites: 66.5%

HDI Rank: 113 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 43 (2% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Spanish; Aymara; Quechua    Languages: 41 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Bible translation and distribution. The Bible Society has been and remains instrumental in all aspects of this vital ministry. Over one million NTs have been distributed in schools. The Aymara and Quechua Bibles are in great demand, but without effective literacy programmes, their impact is blunted. Nearly every Amerindian language that warrants translation work has received it; SIL, The Bible Society and the Catholics have been instrumental in this. Pray for a powerful impact of God’s Word on all groups in Bolivia.

Christian media:

a) TV and radio have a massive role to play, since a radio is a vital possession to every family. Listenership of local radio stations is increasing. There are now 11 local evangelical stations, including Ekklesia, Musoj Chaski radio in Quechua (launched by NTM, SIM, Pioneers) and others. International stations (HCJB, TWR, others) broadcast daily in Spanish, and HCJB especially in Quechua and Aymara. Pray for this vital medium in a country where all other media are restricted in impact by illiteracy, poverty and isolation.

b) Christian literature in Aymara and Quechua, especially tracts, teaching materials and books, is in short supply. SIM has a significant ministry in this area. There are 13 Christian bookstores.

c) The JESUS film, widely used with considerable impact in Spanish, Aymara and Quechua, has been seen by a high proportion of the population.

     For an additional 9 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Bolivia.