Pray for Our World: Paraguay

 

Paraguay is a land-locked nation between Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia.  It is one of the most homogenous populations of South America, with 90% being of Spanish and Guaranf descent.  One percent of the population owns 77% of the land, which creates widespread poverty and a subclass of landless peasant farmers.

There is complete separation of church and state, but the Catholic Church still wields a lot of political and social influence.  The Roman Catholic Church dominates much of the lives of the people, with much of it steeped in superstition, devotion to Mary and occult-related pre-Christian deities and customs.  The Catholic Church actively opposes any evangelism.  As a result, the idea of Christianity is often distorted.  Please pray for the people, for missionaries, and for the church to break these strongholds and lead the way in spiritual truth.