The Alliance began ministry in Paraguay in 1960 with missionaries from Argentina. For 35 years, there was only one church. Through various outreaches, the Body of believers has grown to include five Alliance churches, which officially received national church status in 2005. Today, the C&MA in Paraguay has a multicultural team that includes missionaries from the United States, Chile, Argentina, Trinidad, and the Philippines. Our workers are using creative church-planting approaches such as English classes, Awana clubs, and basketball outreach. “Nearly every Sunday, we have a new person who attends our church because his child went to Awana,” Alliance workers report.
Among the challenges Alliance workers in Paraguay face are a stagnant economy and high unemployment, with many living at the poverty level. Most Paraguayans follow a syncretistic religion that mixes native beliefs with Roman Catholicism, and many are involved in occult practices. The greatest challenge of our missionaries is identifying and training Paraguayan leaders and pastors who will take the gospel to their people.
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Alianza Cristiana y Missionera: 1 organized church, 5 unorganized groups, 4 ordained ministers, 250 baptized members, and 425 inclusive members
- Plant an Encounter-type church on the main avenue in Asunción as part of the mission’s goal to establish seven self-supporting, missionary-sending churches in the greater Asunción area.
- Encourage the Paraguayan national church to plant its own churches and to send its own missionaries/pastors into the unevangelized western region and responsive cities in the eastern region.
- Train national pastors through an established seminary or create an Alliance Bible institute/seminary that will instill C&MA doctrine/ownership.
International Workers in Paraguay
The Alliance at Work in Paraguay
“I didn’t want to know about church before, but now I just can’t get enough of it!”read more
While preparing their new home for occupancy, Alliance workers John and Lisa met Abraham and Louisa, who were hired to paint the their house. When Abraham mentioned his intense neck pain, John told him about God’s healing power and offered to pray for Abraham. “Abraham told me that while we were praying, he felt a warm peace flow through his head and that almost immediately after we left, his neck pain disappeared,” says John.read more
Mi Esparanza (My Hope) church in Asunción, Paraguay, saw significant growth as it continued to used a variety of creative activities to reach out into the community because GCF-supported Alliance international workers, Forest and Sarah Schell and Bob and Joy Brougher are committed to reaching the lost in this country.read more
By John Sappia, serving in Paraguay Allow me to tell you a little bit of what God is doing by sharing Adrian and Myriam’s story. They walked through the doors of the Mi Esperanza Church about a year ago. They told me later that they were immediately impacted by their need to know Jesus better […]read more
At a time when believers in the United States are often discouraged from speaking openly about their faith in public settings, Alliance workers in Asia and Latin America have been welcomed into public schools to teach God’s truth. In Paraguay last fall, C&MA international worker John Sappia and his colleagues at the Mi Esperanza Alliance […]read more
- Infant mortality rate—25.6/1,000
- Life expectancy—74.9
- Capital City
- Asunción (1,482,200) pop.
- About the size of California, Paraguay (157,046 sq. mi.) consists of grassy slope in the east and marshes, lagoons, dense forests, and jungles in the west.
- Per capita income—$4,800
- Literacy rate—94% (2003 est.)
- Government/Political Climate
- Constitutional republic; the 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner was overthrown in 1989, and despite a recent increase in political infighting, relatively free and regular presidential elections have been held since then.
- Roman Catholic—90%
- Mennonite, other Protestant—10%
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