January 29, 2012

Glimpse of Faith & Religion–Guatemala

This evening we gather for our second and last opportunity to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ alongside local believers here in San Benito. To recognize sincerity of faith expressed from hearts on fire for the love of God, and to see in eyes and smiles the joy of the Lord that transcends the barriers of our tongues... what a blessing and privilege this is to be here in this place with these friends!

In this post I share some statistics and general information on religion in Guatemala. As you read the excerpt below, pray with me that the Light of Truth and the Glory of Jesus would break forth across this land bringing reconciliation with God… hope in Christ… and healing for all who would believe.

Arise, shine... let your glory fill this land!

“Roman Catholicism, which was introduced by the Spanish and modified by Mayan interpretations, was almost universal in Guatemala until the early part of the twentieth century when Protestantism began to make significant headway among both Ladinos and Mayan.
Mayan woman performs religious ritual 

Today… perhaps 40% or more adhere to a Protestant church or sect ranging from established churches with international memberships, to small local groups celebrating their own set of beliefs under the leadership of lay pastors.”   

Many Maya combine membership in a Christian fellowship with a continued set of beliefs and practices inherited from their ancient ancestors. Rituals may still be performed to ensure agricultural success, easy childbirth, recovery from illness, and protection from the elements (including eclipses), and to honor and remember the dead. The Garifuna (Guatemalans of African descent) still practice an Afro-Caribbean form of ancestor worship that helps to meld together families broken by migration, plural marriages, and a social environment hostile to their race and culture.
An Indian church in Guatemala
Many of the indigenous people believe in spirits of nature, especially of caves, mountains and bodies of water, and their religious leaders regularly perform ceremonies connected with these sites. The Catholic Church has generally been more lenient in allowing dual allegiances than have Protestants….”
Example of carvings of skulls in Mayan ruins

Excerpt from ~EveryCulture.com

Praying Ephesians 1:17-19 for the Guatemalan people today.


Currently on location with a construction missions team, San Benito, Guatemala

Photo credits: Heriberto Herrera

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