The Republic of Guatemala is a mountainous country in Central America just south of Mexico, with a population of around 17 million people.
Following a 36-year civil war, Guatemala emerged as a representative democracy in 1996 and has achieved some economic growth and successful democratic elections but struggles with high rates of poverty and instability. It is one of the poorest countries in Latin America.
Christianity is strong in the life of Guatemalan society. About 48 percent of the population identify as Roman Catholic, but since the 1990s, Guatemala has experienced the rapid growth of Evangelical Protestantism and has seen heightened missionary activity by Evangelical and Pentecostal churches. Traditional Mayan religion is also strong in many areas of the country.
CMF partners with the Cada Niño ministry in Guatemala. The organization serves orphaned, vulnerable and disabled children through spiritual formation, educational reinforcement and family strengthening programs at neighborhood community centers and orphanages. A CMF team member serves as a youth pastor with children in the ministry.
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