Bolivia’s unrest interferes with ministry.

By June 20, 2005

Bolivia (MNN)–Bolivia’s acting president was sworn in last week. His first act was to ask lawmakers to resign in order to avoid more protests in the run up to parliament elections.

Former President Carlos Mesa resigned amid violent protests demanding a new constitution, the nationalization of the oil and gas industry, and the resignation of all legislators.

The demonstrators gave a truce to the acting president, but warned protests and roadblocks would be resumed if their demands were not met.

The unrest has taken its toll over the last few weeks. Due to the blockades and strikes, Grace Ministries International was forced to cancel a Women’s Conference in the capital city.

Please pray for Bolivia and especially for their pastors and leaders who live around La Paz. GMI has a team of missionaries who are working with the national church organization (24 churches) in the areas of evangelism and leadership training.

Ministries to the youth are being provided through three schools (K-12) where 1,800 students receive a Christian education through a year-round camp program and through AWANA programs in the churches.

The national church has sent its first missionary couple to minister to the Aymara Indians in the Altiplano.

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