Pray for: Guatemala

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Latin America
Capital: Guatemala City
Population: 18,358,430
% Urban: 52.2 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 33.9 %
Official Language: Spanish; 23 recognized Amerindian languages
Languages: 42
Literacy Rate: 81 %
Life Expectancy: 69.2 yrs (170/236)
HDI Ranking: 135 / 189
% Christian: 96.1 %
% Evangelical: 24.4 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 96.1 %
People Groups: 59
Least Reached People Groups: 1
% Unevangelized: 1 %


Title: Guatemala

Tier: 1

Type: country

Praise God for the growth among evangelicals who now are almost 25% of the population, in 25,000 congregations! The 1976 earthquake, the pain of war, and the witness of believers and missionaries all drew many to Jesus. Growth came quickly among Pentecostals, but faith is not always deep. Many mix pagan practices and beliefs with biblical faith, or follow attractive teachings on prosperity. Churches that fail to disciple new believers may lose them in the next two decades. Pray that pastors and leaders will demonstrate Christ-like humility, and rise above foolish divisions and greed.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.