- POPULATION: 6.4 Million
- RELIGION: 6.4% Protestant
- KNOWN FOR: Cowboys, yerba mate, Guaraní, soy
- LAM PRESENCE SINCE: 1971
Latin America Mission operates in Paraguay in the areas of child education, deaf eduction, youth outreach and evangelism. LAM first began working in Paraguay in 1971 with a large-scale evangelism campaign.
Paraguay is one of only two landlocked countries in Latin America, its only connection to the ocean is via the Parana River, which passes through Argentina. Paraguay has had a succession of governments affected by politics and instability, and has a long history of wars and isolation from its neighboring countries. For more than three decades (1954 - 1989) Paraguay was led by a tyrannical military government, which hindered the growth of democratic institutions.
The country's economy is mainly built on informal businesses like microenterprises and urban street vendors. Agriculture is also strong in Paraguay, making it one of the world's largest exporters of soy. Paraguayans are distinguished by mainly speaking Guaraní — it and Spanish are both official languages — and by the ubiquitous South American tea drink, yerba mate.
Interested in serving with us in Paraguay?