Pray for: Venezuela

Flag for Venezuela

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Latin America
Capital: Caracas
Population: 28,704,947
% Urban: 88.3 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 27.4 %
Official Language: Spanish
Languages: 47
Literacy Rate: 95 %
HDI Ranking: 113 / 189
% Christian: 84.5 %
% Evangelical: 10.8 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 84.5 %
People Groups: 66
Least Reached People Groups: 3
% Unevangelized: 1 %

Venezuela

Title: Venezuela

Tier: 1

Type: country

Venezuela is unstable and deeply divided. Recent presidents (first Chavez, now Maduro) divided the country with their politics and policies. An attempt to seize more power by Maduro saw a response where millions of Venezuelans marched 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). As a result of Maduro’s refusal to step down, massive food shortages, and hyperinflation, millions of Venezuelans have fled the country, desperately seeking survival and opportunity elsewhere. Pray for God to bring relief to the suffering of the Venezuelan people.

Venezuela

Title: Venezuela

Tier: 1

Type: country

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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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.