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Republic of Guatemala

Latin America

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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

Urbanites: 49.5%

HDI Rank: 122 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 60 (2% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Spanish; 23 recognized Amerindian languages    Languages: 42 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Answer to Prayer

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.

Challenge for Prayer

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.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Guatemala.