|Capital:||La Paz (administrative); Sucre (legal)|
|% Urban:||70.5 %|
|Population Under 15 Yrs:||30.6 %|
|Official Language:||Spanish; Aymara; Guarani; Quechua|
|Literacy Rate:||93 %|
|Life Expectancy:||63.6 yrs (198/236)|
|HDI Ranking:||107 / 189|
|% Christian:||91 %|
|% Evangelical:||16.2 %|
|% Largest Religion:||91 %|
|Least Reached People Groups:||2|
|% Unevangelized:||1 %|
Poverty and inequality continue to plague Bolivia and drive a wedge between the haves and have-nots. Recent political upheaval includes the removal of former President Morales in 2019 but a landslide electoral victory in 2020 of his successor Luis Arce. Bolivian farmers are able to earn more money for the coca leaf than for other products, but some uses for coca are illegal. Rich gas deposits in the east lead to tension among the white elite, the highland peoples of the west, and the mixed and Indian peoples of the east. Pray that individuals in power and those in poverty will find courage to reject temptations and make wise decisions.
Evangelical Christians grew greatly in number and in influence, but face challenges. Some follow false teachings or fail morally without good discipleship and Bible knowledge. Ask God to set apart thousands of new leaders for His use. Evangelicals must help lead Bolivia’s battle against poverty, injustice, and evil by allowing Kingdom values to guide their words and deeds. Such believers have potential to greatly impact a nation in need of moral clarity and compassionate work among the poor.
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