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


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

The future of evangelicalism is uncertain. While there has been great growth since the 1960s, especially among Pentecostals, much of this growth is superficial, impressive only in number. Discipleship is sorely lacking as a deep value in most evangelical churches. Syncretism is nearly as common in many evangelical churches – particularly among Amerindians – as it is in Catholicism. If serious efforts are not made to build disciples on a solid biblical foundation, the next couple of decades will see stagnation and possibly a disastrous decline in evangelicalism. Some claim this decline has been occurring for over 10 years, obscured only by strong growth in a few churches and zealous over-reporting in most others. Pray that this crucial issue of turning converts into disciples might be rightly addressed by evangelicals as the key to Guatemala’s spiritual future.

Leadership training is a key issue, but a solid foundation has been laid. There are six seminaries, including SETECA (Central American Theological Seminary), founded by CAMI and now under Guatemalan leadership. It has 1,000 students from 18 countries, and 2,000 graduates serving worldwide. There are many Bible schools (including 27 of AoG) and over six TEE programmes. TEE was pioneered here by Presbyterians in the 1960s and is now used worldwide. Pray especially for effective ways to train leaders of poorer rural churches. Pray also that pastors and leaders would demonstrate Christ-like humility and graciousness and rise above petty divisions, pride and carnality.

     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.