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Republic of Paraguay

Latin America

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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: 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


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Paraguay still suffers from the effects of two centuries of devastating wars and bad government. The nation’s progress has been hindered by the failure of its leaders to govern, through corruption or outright folly. Thankfully, there are politicians on the scene today who seem to be dedicated to changing that. Pray for them, that they might establish a legacy of uprightness and wisdom for the sake of Paraguay’s suffering people.

Christian help ministries:

a) The Bible Society. Scripture distribution is widespread but blunted by limited functional literacy, particularly among rural people and the Amerindians.

b) Bible translation. The Guaraní Bible was completed in 1996. A number of indigenous translation projects are underway. Pray for the safe completion of these long-term but vital projects and accompanying literacy programmes.

c) GRN has made recordings in 17 languages or dialects. Pray for their wise and widespread use.

d) Radio is an effective and growing medium for the gospel. HCJB, TWR, Christian Voice, Nuevo Mu and others broadcast in every bandwidth. Radio Obedira is a full-time Christian FM station. SIM, Lutheran Hour and World Mission Broadcast produce programmes, broadcast through secular affiliates. Radio is a great tool for evangelization, discipleship and training, given Paraguay’s relative poverty and lower literacy in some areas.

e) The JESUS film is used in German, Guaraní(2), Plautdietsch and Spanish. Pray for the completion of versions in the smaller indigenous languages.

     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.