Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!" Isaiah 6:8 Located in the heart of Central America, Guatemala is known as the land of eternal  spring. The warm tropical weather, beautiful mountain vistas, and rich cultural heritage  are easy to fall in love with. Mayan civilizations populated and ruled the country for  thousands of years until the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. After 300 years of Spanish rule, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. Since then Guatemala has  experienced a variety of different governments. Economic conditions have improved since the end of the country’s brutal 36-year  civil war in 1996, but there is still a long way to go. According to ‘The World Factbook’,  more than half the population lives below the poverty line, with 13% living in extreme  poverty. The majority of these are indigenous Mayan peoples. Missionaries and other  humanitarian organizations frequently fill the gaps in medical care, nutrition, and  education. For more information on Guatemala, its history, current facts, and topics of  interest, click on the following links:  Land of Eternal Spring