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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Mayan culture is enjoying a renaissance after the rediscovery of their ancient civilization. For some, this is a resurrection of the old, long-submerged Mayan religion, but to others, it is a blossoming of indigenous Christianity aided by the many new translations of the Bible in indigenous languages. There are church-planting movements among many groups, most notably the Kekchi (Baptists and Mennonites). CAMI, CoN and Mennonites also work among Mayan peoples. There has been outreach to every tribe. Pray for these churches to become mature, effectively led and a vital contribution to the Church in the nation.
Bible translation. SIL made a significant contribution to 38 Amerindian peoples in overseeing NT translations for many of them. National believers now carry the torch for most or all of the dozen remaining translation projects. Pray for the successful completion and effective use of these translations.
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.