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Guatemala


A wonderful map of Guatemala.

Guatemala

World Convention is currently building a global reference for the  countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 174. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 194 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.

Rather than waiting for comprehensive, complete information we are putting up the details we have available. If you can correct or add to this information, please contact the World Convention Office with details at gary@worldconvention.org.

 Background

The Republic of Guatemala is bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the southeast. Guatemala City is the capital and largest city, population 1.1 million.

Religion

50–60% of the Guatemalan population is Catholic, 40% Protestant and 1% follow the indigenous Mayan faith.

Stone-Campbell Presence

The Jerry Hill, Carl James, Floyd Hill, Ken Hargesheimer, and Hignacio Huerto families from American Churches of Christ entered Guatemala in 1959. They soon planted five churches, preached on radio, began a newspaper, and cultivated local church leadership. Other families from the United States joined them in 1970 to build indigenous churches. One significant event coming from that mission was the first Pan American Lectureship, held in Guatemala City in 1963.

The 675 member Guatemala City church and a small church in Xela are associated with the International Churches of Christ.

The Division of Overseas Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) partners with Conferencia de Iglesias Evangelicas de Guatemala (CIEDEG), Consejo Ecumenico Cristiano de Guatemala, Guatemalan Cultural Action (ACG), National Coordination of Widows of Guatemala, and the Sinodo Luterano Guatemalteco.

 

Created by Gary Holloway, December 5, 2013