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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The rightful placement of justice for the Mayan peoples on the social agenda, after centuries of dispossession, exploitation and oppression. Both the government and the churches are beginning to address a litany of wrongdoings.
The Catholic Church has declined in influence and number. Defection to evangelicalism or to the revived Mayan spirituality is massive. Efforts by the Church to limit the impact of the large, charismatic renewal movement have only further hastened the decline, with many Catholic charismatics leaving to start new churches or to join evangelical denominations. Pray for new life to permeate the Church, and that charismatics may be rooted in Scripture rather than in subjective experience.
For an additional 12 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Guatemala.