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- Stats for Guatemala
Top 25 Stats
Total Evangelicals- 3.5 M (23rd); Percent of Country Who Are Evangelicals- 21.53% (18th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Hispanics (53%); Amerindian-Mayan (36.3%); Amerindian other indigenous (8.4%).
Agriculture accounts for half of all jobs; Most are still poor, especially indigenous peoples. About 70% of cocaine passes through here to the U.S.
History / Politics
Independence in 1821 from Spain; Guerilla war from 1960 until the 1996 peace agreement. Civil war broke out in 1960 after years of mistreatment of the poor and indigenous people. More than 200,000 people died, 40,000 disappeared, and 1.2 million displaced. Even today, Guatemala has the highest murder rate of any Latin American country. Youth gangs, drug traffickers, and death squads cause terrible problems. Now is a democracy which is trying to achieve unity and include the Mayan people more.
Authorities now cooperate with evangelicals and committed Catholics to extend services. Christians are involved in ministering to street children, drug abusers, and the illiterate. All involved with the sins of the past must repent and ask for forgiveness. Many people suffered through personal and family trauma and need prayers to recover. Catholic church declined in significance, and now is being revitalized by Charismatics. Catholic church put limits on charismatic renewal and many join evangelical churches. Evangelicals now are 25% of the population, but their faith is often not deep. Christians often adopt unbiblical local religious practices. Christians are now reaching out to the country's indigenous people.
Pray for continued compassion and help for the lowly by the churches. Pray for forgiveness and reconciliation for previous injustices. Pray for continued revitalization by Charismatics within the Catholic church. Pray for continued growth of evangelicals and for strong discipleship of believers. Pray for all the impoverished people, including street children and orphans.