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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Paraguay still suffers from the effects of two centuries of devastating wars and bad government. The nations progress has been hindered by the failure of its leaders to govern, through corruption or outright folly. Thankfully, there are politicians on the scene today who seem to be dedicated to changing that. Pray for them, that they might establish a legacy of uprightness and wisdom for the sake of Paraguays suffering people.
Christian help ministries:
a) The Bible Society. Scripture distribution is widespread but blunted by limited functional literacy, particularly among rural people and the Amerindians.
b) Bible translation. The Guaraní Bible was completed in 1996. A number of indigenous translation projects are underway. Pray for the safe completion of these long-term but vital projects and accompanying literacy programmes.
c) GRN has made recordings in 17 languages or dialects. Pray for their wise and widespread use.
d) Radio is an effective and growing medium for the gospel. HCJB, TWR, Christian Voice, Nuevo Mu and others broadcast in every bandwidth. Radio Obedira is a full-time Christian FM station. SIM, Lutheran Hour and World Mission Broadcast produce programmes, broadcast through secular affiliates. Radio is a great tool for evangelization, discipleship and training, given Paraguays relative poverty and lower literacy in some areas.
e) The JESUS film is used in German, Guaraní(2), Plautdietsch and Spanish. Pray for the completion of versions in the smaller indigenous languages.
For an additional 7 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 Paraguay.