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Country Profile: Guatemala

Guatemala is located in Central America, bordering Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. All of Guatemala’s major cities are situated in the southern half of the country— the nation’s capital Guatemala City, Quetzaltenango and Escuintla.

Influences of the Maya and the Spanish colonists are strong throughout Guatemala, creating a rich and distinctive culture. Much of the clothing and food is still made in the traditional Mayan way in small villages in the highlands, and many Mayan ruins can be found throughout the country. Along the small Caribbean coast, there are influences of African culture in the religious ceremonial songs, dances and food. This diverse history and the natural beauty of the land have created a country rich in interesting and scenic sites.

The prominent religions in Guatemala are Roman Catholic, Protestant and indigenous Mayan beliefs. Sixty percent of the country speaks Spanish, while the other 40 percent speaks Amerindian languages, including 23 officially recognized Amerindian languages.

What we do:

  • Project Rescue: In this Day-Care-Center like ministry OM Guatemala helps around 45 children twice a week with food, tutoring, teaching values and mentoring. Also the mothers of the children receive guidance and support in different areas of their lives.
  • Medical Brigades: Throughout the year the team goes out with foreign and local doctors to bless poor communities with free medical attention and medicine.
  • School visits: The team does programs in local schools with the goal to teach the children Christian values and share about Jesus.
  • Mobilization: By visiting local churches, OM Guatemala intents to bring mission awareness to their members and to mobilize those Christians which God has called to serve.

How you can get involved:

  • PRAY:
    • For the rescue project, so that the lives of children can be transformed
    • To stop the violence that is happening in this country.
    • That the evangelical growth can be fully reflected and have a social and spiritual impact on the nation.
    • Pray that unity among evangelical leaders might continue to improve and be maintained, an aim of the Evangelical Alliance of Guatemala, which represents the vast majority of evangelicals.
  • Give — Give here (http://www.om.org/en/give) to help support the work of OM in Guatemala.
  • GO — See the job opportunities listed at http://www.om.org/en/opportunities. Contact us at: Esta dirección electrónica esta protegida contra spambots. Es necesario activar Javascript para visualizarla

More information about Guatemala.

  • Population:  Population: 14,376,881    Annual Growth: 2.50%   Area: 108,889 sq km   Capital: Guatemala City.
  • Official language: Spanish; 22 Mayan Languages
  • State of Economy: Guatemala is the most populous of the Central American countries with a GDP per capita roughly one-third that of Brazil's. Coffee, sugar, and bananas are the main products. Even though international investments have increased since the 1996 signing of peace accords, the distribution of income remains highly unequal with around 50% of the population living below the poverty level, which is defined as an income that is not sufficient to purchase a basic basket of goods and basic services.
  • Religious make-up: 96.12% Christian; 24.4% Evangelical
  • State of the church: While there has been great growth since the 1960s, especially among Pentecostals, much of this growth is superficial, impressive only in number. Discipleship is sorely lacking as a deep value in most evangelical churches.
    Guatemala is a land with thousands of churches, but there is little vision to reach others.

Galería de Misiones

Guatemala :: “You can change a difficult moment in the life of someone you don’t even know, just through an honest and sincere smile.” - Ruth from Guatemala, OM Guatemala
Guatemala :: “I used to ask God for riches and prosperity—an easy life. Now, I ask God to use me to build His kingdom, no matter what the cost—a meaningful life.” - Nathan from Switzerland, OM Guatemala
Guatemala :: “Psalm 8:4 says, ‘What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?’ When I invited Jesus into my heart, He gave me value, something I never had before. I’m forever thankful for the blood He shed for me and the love He shows me every day.” - Anabella from Guatemala, with OM Guatemala
Guatemala :: An indigenous woman is selling handmade traditional clothing at lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Guatemala :: Artists from OM Arts paint a fresco with a new message of hope on a wall in Project Rescue, a  ministry of OM Guatemala.
Guatemala :: A painter from OM Arts carefully paints a circle on a wall of Project Rescue, a ministry of OM Guatemala operating a house for children.
Guatemala :: An old white wall at the Project Rescue is receiving a new beautiful colour.
Guatemala :: A child in Guatemala looking worried about something.
Guatemala :: A volunteer working with Freedom Climb is moved to tears during worship time at a project of OM Guatemala.
Guatemala :: A group of Freedom Climb worked with OM Guatemala for a week. Men of this group are mentoring young boys during a time of reflection.
Guatemala :: Members and volunteers of OM Guatemala come together and pray for the nations.
Guatemala :: OM Guatemala gives new shoes to a woman, whose children participate in Project Rescue, a ministry helping over 45 children with food, tutoring, scholarships and mentoring.

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Recent Mission Opportunities

Finance : Bookeeper( Guatemala)

Guatemala needs a person would like to work in the area of bookeeping. This person needs to have the ability...

Start Date: As soon as possible
· Commitment Length: 1-2 years
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Team Volunteer  (Guatemala)

Despite the big evangelical community in Guatemala (around 35% of the population) the country is suffering from great violence, poverty,...

Start Date: As soon as possible
· Commitment Length: 6-12 months
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