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 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 Guatemalas 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.
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