Area: 108,889 sq km
A land of mountains, volcanoes and lakes. Mexico’s southern neighbour.
Population: 14,376,881 Annual Growth: 2.50%
Capital: Guatemala City
Official language: Spanish; 23 recognized Amerindian languages Languages: 42 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Widespread evangelism occurs by many means city crusades, nationwide efforts, 148 Christian schools and institutes, two Christian television channels, more than 50 local Christian radio stations, numerous Christian magazines and newspapers as well as the fervent personal witness of individual Christians. Pray that the fruit may be retained, the believers matured and the new generation won for Christ. Shallow professions of faith and an increased rate of backsliding are becoming common as evangelicals become more popular. Nominal evangelicalism is a new challenge facing the churches.
The strength and growth of evangelicals are not yet fully reflected in their social impact and spiritual depth. There are now as many as 25,000 congregations of evangelical persuasion. A number of rapidly growing megachurches have recently emerged to ascend to great size and influence. These are often based on cell models and prosperity theology. Pray that unity among evangelical leaders might continue to improve and be maintained, an aim of the Evangelical Alliance of Guatemala, which represents the vast majority of evangelicals. Pray that these quickly-growing churches might reach out to address the many needs in the wider community.
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