Official Country Name:The Republic of Guatemala
Government:Presidential Representative Democratic Republic
Religious Demographics:Christian 91%, Evangelical 24%, Non-religious 3%, Unevangelized 1%
Number of Evangelicals
From Mayans to Missions
Guatemala's history begins with the Mayan civilization in 2,000 BC. Some aspects of the Mayan culture are still prominent today, though the majority of Guatemalan culture was drastically altered with the arrival of the Spanish in the early 1500s.
The Spanish conquistadors settled into the region and began to spread Catholicism and European culture in the early 1500s. From then on, the Catholic church grew to become the driving force behind much of the region's culture.
While the vast majority of Guatemalans are Catholic, there is a growing trend towards Evangelical Christianity. The country now has one of the largest populations of evangelicals in Latin America! However, Guatemala has a significantly low number of unreached people within its region. It is also home to an increasing amount of persecution and violence against Christians as a result of drug-related violence.
Guatemala currently has low access to unreached but also has very low religious restrictions on all mission movements. This, combined with their cultural similarities to the Arab world and their generosity score, gives the nation a high ranking for mobilization potential.