Area: 406,752 sq km
Landlocked nation between Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. The Paraguay River divides the more fertile and developed east from the scrub forests, marshes and ranches of the sparsely populated Gran Chaco.
Population: 6,459,727 Annual Growth: 1.81%
Official language: Spanish, Guaraní. The latter is understood by almost 90% of the population Languages: 27 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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A large proportion of Paraguays believers are from immigrant backgrounds: German-speaking (Mennonites and Lutherans), Brazilian (Pentecostals), Ukrainian (Baptists and Pentecostals) and Korean (Presbyterians). These immigrant communities are sometimes inward-looking and isolated from mainstream national life. But there is a growing awareness of their responsibility to reach out with the gospel; Mennonites actively work with indigenous peoples in the Chaco, and Koreans are involved in outreach also. Pray for a spiritual awakening and great mission vision in the immigrant churches.
Evangelical church growth continues, particularly within the churches with Pentecostal/charismatic tendencies. Most of these groups entered Paraguay from Brazil, Chile and Argentina. While zealous, there is much room for growth in fellowship with other Christian groups, in attitudes toward wealth and in leadership models. Pray for a balanced faith that submits to both the Word and the Spirit.
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