Guatemala Sees Outpour of Christian Faith

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It is said that in Guatemala, a new church or ministry is born each day.

The evidence is everywhere-- Christian radio and TV stations, megachurches and entire towns, like Almolonga, transformed by the gospel.

Some leaders point to a survey that says 30-35 percent of Guatemala's population is evangelical Christian.

Others, including evangelist Luis Palau, say the numbers are much higher.

Festivals for Christ

Palau himself has contributed to the growth of Guatemala's churches, holding evangelistic meetings often over the past 40 years.

He returned again this month, not just to preach the gospel, but also to encourage the church to meet the nation's many social needs.

Palau assured President Alvaro Colom that the evangelical church will work with him for the good of the country.

As part of March's activities, more than 3,000 congregations sent out medical and social service brigades, in cooperation with Christian organizations.

CBN's Operation Blessing helped organize the free medical services.

"Our volunteers are wearing orange and have been cooperating with the people, solving problems," said Luis Lores of OB Guatemala.

Reaching a Turning Point

Some 25,000 Christian volunteers gave their support to the church's social campaign, then joined thousands more for Palau's two-night festival, enjoying the music of well-known performers and a Bible message.

Palau believes Guatemala has reached a turning point, not just because of the growing number of believers, but also because of their influence even in the country's leftist government.

"Three government ministers are open believers," he said. "[The] youth, security, police chief [all] openly express their faith."

The Guatemala festival drew crowds of more than 400,000.

Thousands also responded to the nightly invitation to follow Christ, adding more credibility to the claim that Guatemala could be the first Latin American country with a majority of born-again believers.

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