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PRAYER
MOBILIZATION LINE
18 March 2020
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. —Romans 5:1–11, NIV

Country of Focus

Fast Facts

General:

Bolivia—work established in 1945: 232 organized churches; 21 not-yet-organized churches; 14,062 members; 2 missionaries under assignment

Regional:

Located on SOUTH AMERICA Region, and on the Central Andean Field

Cultural:

Until the 16th century, what is now known as Bolivia was part of several South American empires. In 1543, the area was conquered by Spain. In the 19th century, the country achieved independence and was named Bolivia, after military leader Simón Bolívar. Since that time, the country suffered numerous coups. A democracy was established in 1982; however, leaders have faced difficulties rooted in poverty, social unrest, and illegal drug production. Almost 93% of Bolivia’s population follow Christianity, with a small percentage representing other religions, and just over 5% claiming no religion. The two largest segments of Bolivia’s population are between 25 and 54 years of age (more than 38%) and between 0–14 years of age (more than 30%).

Special:

According to the country’s 2009 constitution, all indigenous languages spoken in Bolivia, as well as Spanish, are the official languages of the country. The constitution goes on to specify 36 indigenous languages, several of which are extinct, to be included. Notably, two-thirds of the population is made up of indigenous peoples. The average percentage of people 15 and over who can read and write is 92.5%.

Mission and Ministry

Mission Challenges

The lack of knowledge of the Bible and limited discipling of new believers often lead to failure in multiple aspects of peoples’ spiritual lives. The importance of discipleship needs to be recognized by church leaders, as well as laity. Poverty in Bolivia leads to injustice and the disintegration of moral fabric of society. The church has a significant role to play in addressing these problems. The church is most fully the church when it is both “mission-sending” as well as “mission-receiving.”
 

Ministry Approaches

Churches in Bolivia are committing to prayer and unity. Please pray that all believers will understand what the discipline of prayer can do to help Bolivians become spiritually strong, bring diverse populations closer, and help usher in the Kingdom of God in unity and peace.

Praises

Bolivia
  • Bolivia has 48 people groups in the country, and only two are considered unreached. This accounts for 4.2% of the population.
  • The Aymara and Quechua peoples in Bolivia, which pre-date the Incas, have experienced major church growth, and their responsiveness to Christ seems to be increasing.
  • The number of evangelical Christians is growing.

Prayer Requests

Bolivia
  • Please pray for the next generation of Nazarene leaders in Bolivia, that they would develop solid churches and ministries.
The following missionaries are serving in Bolivia through global or sponsored deployment:
  • Napoleón and Elena Guerrero
    • Napoleón and Elena request prayers for them as a couple: for their physical, spiritual, and emotional health. They want to fulfil their assignments well.
    • Please pray for the Guerreros’ three children and their families, that God would strengthen them daily to continue serving in His kingdom.
    • Pray for Napoleón, as he serves the Santa Cruz District as superintendent, that the district will strive to be 100% self-supporting in district administration, have at least 20 organized churches, 1,000 full members and 10 ordained ministers which would allow it to be a phase 3 district. 
All those serving as pastors, ministry leaders, and laity
  • We all share in God’s mission. Remember missionaries, district and local church leaders, and lay persons, as they all serve to bring everyone to a saving knowledge of Christ.
    • Pray for the families of pastors, missionaries, and leaders, that they will know the Lord’s presence and peace in the midst of challenging ministry roles.
    • Pray for wisdom to discern opportunities to extend the Kingdom of God.
    • Pray for peace in the face of challenging times in ministry.
Special prayer for Coronavirus Crisis
  • When there is a high level of uncertainty, fear tends to drive agendas and responses, as we are seeing. Pray that God will give clarity and breathe peace into this global fear-filled moment.
  • Pray for wisdom, that governments and church leadership will be able to chart a course forward that values life and is committed to collaborative solutions that benefit all of society.
  • As travel restrictions are imposed and crossing borders curtailed, pray for missionaries and church leaders who cannot move freely in their work, and that God would replace frustrations with a deep sense of His presence in every place. God is in control.
  • As the church seeks to respond sensitively to this crisis and many are prevented from gathering together for worship and fellowship, pray that this will be an opportunity for creative technologies to help bring people together.
  • Ask God to give you a sense of mission to your neighbors, friends, and those isolated, and that you may discern safe and effective ways to be of assistance while bringing peace, comfort, and hope to those around you.

Thank You for Praying

 
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