Paraguay

Paraguay is located in Central South America, northeast of Argentina.

After decades of military dictatorship, Paraguayans struggle to affirm their democratic government while threats of a military coup haunt them. The Disciples of Christ Church has been ministering in Paraguay for more than 70 years, not only through spiritual leadership, but also through social service institutions. Many national leaders were educated at the International School, and Friendship Mission has offered health clinics and other related services for many years. Jack Norment Camp has the only ecology program of its kind, and has been used by the government to model other programs.

Pray for: The Nurses' Aid program of Friendship Mission, which trains nurses to serve the rural areas of the country.

The camp leaders' training program of the Jack Norment Camp of the Disciples of Christ in Paraguay which helps develop leadership, not only for the churches in Paraguay, but for the churches in Chile and Puerto Rico as well.

Population (2014 est) – 6,703,860
Area – 252,800mi
Capital – Asuncion

Ethnic Background 

  • Mestizo (Spanish and Amerindian) – 95%
  • Other – 5%

Exports - soybeans, feed, cotton, meat, edible oils, wood, leather
Imports - road vehicles, consumer goods, tobacco, petroleum products, electrical machinery, tractors, chemicals, vehicle parts

Life Expectancy (2014 est) – M 74 yearsF 80 years
Infant Mortality (2014 est) - 20.75 deaths/1,000 live births

Adult Illiteracy Rate – 6.1%

People in Mission