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Paraguay

Republic of Paraguay

Latin America

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Geography

Area: 406,752 sq km

Landlocked nation between Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. The Paraguay River divides the more fertile and developed east from the scrub forests, marshes and ranches of the sparsely populated Gran Chaco.

Population: 6,459,727    Annual Growth: 1.81%

Capital: Asuncion

Urbanites: 61.5%

HDI Rank: 101 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 39 (3% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Spanish, Guaraní. The latter is understood by almost 90% of the population    Languages: 27 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians6,220,71796.301.8
Evangelicals393,2636.13.1

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Challenges for Prayer

The Roman Catholic Church has long dominated the spiritual and political life of Paraguay. Although it admirably opposes corruption and immorality, there is also much superstitious traditionalism, strong devotion to Mary and occult-related bondage to many pre-Christian deities and customs. These practices keep millions from liberty in the Lord Jesus and must be broken by prayer. The Church often actively opposes the work of evangelicals. Paraguay has never had a true spiritual awakening, and few of the Catholic Spanish-Guaraní majority have a living relationship with Christ.

A large proportion of Paraguay’s believers are from immigrant backgrounds: German-speaking (Mennonites and Lutherans), Brazilian (Pentecostals), Ukrainian (Baptists and Pentecostals) and Korean (Presbyterians). These immigrant communities are sometimes inward-looking and isolated from mainstream national life. But there is a growing awareness of their responsibility to reach out with the gospel; Mennonites actively work with indigenous peoples in the Chaco, and Koreans are involved in outreach also. Pray for a spiritual awakening and great mission vision in the immigrant churches.

     For an additional 7 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 Paraguay.