|% Urban:||88.3 %|
|Population Under 15 Yrs:||27.4 %|
|Literacy Rate:||95 %|
|Life Expectancy:||70.6 yrs (151/236)|
|HDI Ranking:||113 / 189|
|% Christian:||84.5 %|
|% Evangelical:||10.8 %|
|% Largest Religion:||84.5 %|
|Least Reached People Groups:||3|
|% Unevangelized:||1 %|
Venezuela is unstable and deeply divided. Recent presidents (first Chavez, now Maduro) divided the country with their politics and policies. An attempt by Maduro to seize more power saw millions of Venezuelans respond by marching against the corruption of the government and against the poverty crippling the country. Even vast oil reserves have not been able to prevent economic meltdown. Corruption and poverty were both widespread even before this meltdown. 60% of city dwellers live in slums. Venezuela ranks as the 2nd most corrupt nation in Latin America (after Haiti). The results of the 2018 election were contested. Maduro claimed to have won, but the most influential nations in the Americas and Europe rejected the results and recognised the head of the National Assembly as acting president instead. Maduro’s refusal to step down, massive food shortages, and hyperinflation have caused millions of Venezuelans to flee the country, desperately seeking survival and opportunity elsewhere. Pray for God to bring relief to the suffering of the Venezuelan people.
Spiritual forces battle in Venezuela. Both rich and poor visit witch doctors in the thousands of spiritist and occult shops. One animist cult (Maria Lionza) has 500,000 followers. Only 10% of Catholics attend mass. Fewer people go to church in Venezuela than in any other Latin American nation. Millions of former Catholics chose evangelical faith or no religion at all. New Age spirituality attracts the educated and rich. Satanists actively try to destroy the Church. Caracas has Latin America’s largest mosque. Pray for the Holy Spirit to bind all the powers that blind Venezuelans to Truth, and to reveal Christ to all.
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