Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
At least 62 people have died and hundreds have been wounded. The Guatemalan Evangelical Alliance calls to “pray” and “bring supplies to collection points”.
Guatemala is the country with the highest percentage of evangelicals in Latin America. However, it has one of the highest rates of inequality, violence and corruption.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, an evangelical Christian, faces a political crisis due to his conflict with anti-corruption authorities. Theologian Israel Ortiz says Christians should not just support him because of his faith.
The Evangelical Alliance estimates there are more than 40,000 churches in Guatemala, 96 evangelical churches for each Roman Catholic parish.
Today, aged 17, approaching his birthday and official adulthood, José is facing up to the prospect of having to leave the shelter and create a life for himself beyond the familiar walls.
Morales, a political neophyte and an evangelical Christian, promised to “ fight against the corruption that is consuming us.”
Novice Jimmy Morales leads Guatemala's presidential election, after a tumultuous campaign which saw the country's president jailed over a corruption scandal. 40% of the Guatemalan population is thought to be evangelical.