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Guatemala became independent from Spain in 1821. After it became an independent country in its own right, it was ruled by a series of dictators. The late 20th century saw Guatemala embroiled in a 36-year-long civil war. Following the war, Guatemala has witnessed both economic growth and successful democratic elections.

Natural disasters have a long history in this geologically active part of the world. Guatemala’s location between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean makes it a target for hurricanes, such as Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and Hurricane Stan in October 2005, which killed more than 1,500 people.

Guatemala’s highlands lie along the Motagua Fault. This fault has been responsible for several major earthquakes in historic times, including a 7.5 magnitude tremor on February 4, 1976, which killed more than 25,000 people. Guatemala has 37 volcanoes, four of them are active: Pacaya, Santiaguito, Fuego and Tacaná. Both Fuego and Pacaya erupted in 2010.
Guatemala is a beautiful country with a beautiful people. Carlos Craft established Camino Biblico many years ago. My friend Dale Yerton, agreed to help oversee his work upon his death. Ted Flynn has also shown incredible leadership and true influence as he has served this fellowship of some 250-300 churches over the past several years. It’s a privilege to work with these two men of high integrity and vision.


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