Even drug lords can be transformed by the power of Jesus Christ
Ministry in Guatemala
Major inequity in income and living standards as the majority of the population still live in poverty; indigenous peoples are particularly oppressed.
A major transhipment point for the drug trade: 70% of the cocaine bound for the USA passes through Guatemala.
Defection to evangelicalism or to the revived Mayan spirituality is massive. While there has been great growth of evangelicalism since the 1960s, much of this growth is superficial, impressive only in number. Discipleship is sorely lacking as a deep value.
Starting New Churches
The Starting New Churches program is an intensive one-year action and reflection orientated program that offers practical skills, Biblical training, mentoring and follow-up. It is summarized in the five following steps.
Officially the Republic of Guatemala, Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the southeast. It is the most populous state in Central America. A representative democracy, Guatemala's capital and largest city is Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, also known as Guatemala City.
Capital: Guatemala City
Population: 15 million
Human Development Index: 125th (out of 187 countries)
Life expectancy: 72.1 years
Religion: 55% Catholic, 19% Protestant, 26% other