Alex and Deltha Gulart arrived in Paraguay at 12:30 am on June 4, 2015!
It is a landlocked country in the center of South America — about the size of California — and shares a border with Bolivia to the northwest, Argentina to the south and southwest, and Brazil to the east and northeast. The total population is about 6,750,000 from both indigenous and Spanish backgrounds. In the census of 2002, 89.6% of all Paraguayans 10 years of age and older identified themselves as Catholics. Paraguayans not identifying themselves with an established religion is quite low by worldwide standards with only 1.14% of respondents indicating that they have no religious identity. There are a number of indigenous religions and also Buddhist, Jewish and Muslim communities in the country. Evangelical Christianity accounts for less than 10% of the population.
In 2013 Grace Ministries International initiated two survey trips to Paraguay where it gained valuable information concerning the country´s social, economic and spiritual condition. Survey and ministry trips have continued in 2014 to help give a better picture of what it will take to effectively do ministry there. (http://www.gracem.org/web/?page_id=595)
As of June 4th, GMI has a new field of ministry – Paraguay! Alex and Deltha Gulart arrived in Ascuncion, Paraguay, very early in the morning with all of their luggage. They are GMI’s first missionaries on the field of Paraguay.
Alex and Deltha have spent the last six months in the USA visiting churches and sharing their heart for the people of this country. They are excited to begin serving the Lord where He has placed them.
Please pray for Alex and Deltha as they look for a place to rent and get settled into their new home in the city of Ciudad del Este.