Top 5 People Groups
Guatemalan White: 9,921,000
Central Kiche: 1,822,000
U.S. Americans: 473,000
West-Central Quiche: 428,000
Guatemala is Mexico´s southern neighbor and houses 60 distinct people groups within its borders. Guatemala is the heartland of the former Mayan Empire and is still heavily populated by their descendants. Guatemala is predominately Roman Catholic, but there is a growing evangelical movement. Guatemala has seen the most rapid growth of evangelism of any Latin American country over the past 15 years. It is the most populous country in Central America and has the highest population growth rate in all of Latin America. It also has the youngest population in Latin America, with almost half of its citizens under the age of 19. Malnutrition is extremely high among Guatemalan children. An estimated one million boys and girls live with chronic malnutrition, and 12,000 with acute malnutrition. World Food Program ranks Guatemala as having the fourth highest undernutrition rate on earth for children under age five–49.8 percent. For indigenous areas, that figure rises to 69.5 percent.
Through Christian agencies like Living Stones Ministry, children are receiving nutritious meals to help combat hunger and stunted physical and mental development. They are also receiving spiritual nourishment and much-needed love when they come to after-school programs and Sunday school classes.
Some 15,000 children are believed to live on the streets. There are numerous documented cases of death squads murdering these unwanted youngsters. With large numbers of children coming from broken homes or orphaned, they are at risk of being swept into gangs, drug abuse, and the sex industry. The government has instituted programs to improve the plight of children, but cooperation from all phases of society is needed to reverse decades of poverty and neglect.
Contributing to these problems was a 36-year guerrilla war and several military and civilian governments. In 1996 the government signed a peace agreement officially ending the conflict that left over 200,000 people dead and created hundreds of thousands of refugees. Guatemala is considered a constitutional democratic republic. The current President and Vice-President took office January 14, 2012.
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GUATEMALA. Living Stones Ministry faithfully steers children away from gangs and violence by bringing them into a Christ-centered community. “We often see bloody killings of children and teenagers due to gang wars,” the ministry leader said. “Gangs recruit children into a life of delinquency ...
GUATEMALA. Native missionaries working with Living Stones Ministry share the love of Christ with mistreated and abandoned children in the poorest areas of Guatemala City. The ministry provides a safe, uplifting environment three days per week for more than 150 impoverished children. ...