36,000 Mbya Guaraní on God’s Heart

Author: Mike Goddard
There are over 36,000 Mbya Guarani in Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Each one is on God’s heart and mind. The majority of the Mbya population live in Paraguay with approximately 21,000 spread out in over 210 communities! We are only aware of two communities with a fully functioning local church that meet on a regular basis. There are followers of Jesus in a many communities; however, they do not meet regularly to study the Bible in their language and worship the Creator in their mother tongue.

With so few spiritually mature believers, the likelihood of the entire nation hearing the Gospel in this generation is statistically impossible. In short, the Mbya Guarani ethnic group is the least-reached in this country of a total population of 7 million.  

From August 9-11, we hosted the first of its kind, a “Mbya Guarani Forum” with invitations going out to all the ministries in Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina that are all at different stages in the development of disciples of Jesus Christ among the Mbya.

We had a total of 42 people in attendance from over 10 ministries from both Paraguay and Argentina. The Brazilian delegation was not able to make it due to limited funding and logistics for international travel. There were nine Mbya from different communities present, mostly from the department of Itapua, where we hosted the Forum.

Mike moderated the entire Forum with ample flexibility for impromptu special music and testimonies. A large segment was used to practice listening to the voice of the Mbya and learning about core values embedded within their traditions that correlate with Biblical principles.

Continue to pray for the Mbya Guarani, that this ethnic group in its entirety will have an opportunity to hear a clear message of the Gospel in their heart language and worship their Creator. Pray for us as we seek to engage the local church with the Mbya people in a relevant way and with effective tools such as Bibles in Mbya, Audio Bibles, multimedia, literacy materials, education strategies, music, leadership development, economic sustainability, and stewardship.
This article was first published by Mike Goddard on www.mtgoddard.com.

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