Praying for Guatemala

“We were praying over a Guatemalan town. It had a very small and weak evangelical presence,” shared Mark Fricke, an International Mission Board missionary to Guatemala for 22 years, “and was very well known for its syncretism stronghold—mixing of religion with ancestral beliefs and traditions. Their beliefs are centered on working to gain salvation and to please or honor a saint or spirit.”

Fricke and his team began asking God to work and send someone who would plant himself or herself there as His witness. They prayerwalked and volunteer teams from the United States came, working and praying in that area with them, as well.

“Sometimes we would take 3 steps forward and 2 back. But we [kept] praying faithfully, even when answers didn’t come.” They knew fighting this type of battle could be done only on their knees. And they praised God, believing that He loved those people and had a plan He was working out for their good and His glory.

The answer came.

“God led a national brother there, Manuel*, to plant his life and serve in a tentmaker-type position. He struggled for several years before being able to relocate there and begin ministry. The move certainly didn’t happen overnight. Spiritual warfare ran rampant against him.

“Many national Baptist churches in Guatemala took up the challenge of praying for this town. They came alongside Manuel, praying and working with him, supporting him in reaching this area.”

Fricke and his team were encouraged by remembering that Jesus has total authority in heaven and on earth and over this particular town as well, according to Matthew 28:18–20. “People have come to Christ and now there is a small church there,” Fricke said. “It’s struggling, but God is faithful. We praise Him for answering our petitions so that His name is glorified in this town.

“Manuel has also begun reaching out in a nearby area,” Fricke continued. “People are coming to know Christ.”

But he asked for prayer for those in Guatemala carrying the good news to every village and home. He also asked for prayer for the many missionaries like him who have taken the voluntary retirement incentive and returned to the US, as they need wisdom as they seek God’s will for serving.

*Name changed.

Shelli Littleton lives in Royse City, Texas, and blogs at

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