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%
Official language: Spanish, Guaraní. The latter is understood by almost 90% of the population Languages: 27 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Missionaries are still very much needed, and there are opportunities for those who can serve the Paraguayan brethren and strengthen national leadership. The main ministries needing personnel are church planting, leadership training, holistic mission and education. Rural areas are responsive to aid and development; healthcare, vocational/business/IT training and agricultural development are all areas of need. The largest agencies are: NTM, Deutsche Indianer Pionier, AoG, CMS, SIM, CCCI.
Education is an area where believers can have a great impact. Many school-aged children are forced by poverty to work instead of studying, and there is a nationwide underinvestment in the educational infrastructure. Developing schools, training teachers and raising educational and literacy rates among children are keys to seeing Paraguay transformed. CMS, LAM, BMS and several other missions are involved in this crucial ministry.
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