The Land and the
Mexico has one of the highest growths in population in the world—from an estimated 20 million in 1940 to over 97 million today. Metropolitan Mexico City is one of the world’s largest cities, with well over 20 million people.
Whereas Mexico is listed as approximately 93.5 percent Roman Catholic, only about 15 percent or less are practicing their religion. Less than 5 percent adhere to biblical Christianity.
Recent changes in the Constitution concerning religious associations allow foreign missionaries to pastor and teach in local churches as well as in Bible institutes and seminaries. These changes have given more liberty for the work of the gospel than ever before.
Past and Current
The work of Baptist Mid-Missions began in 1960 when missionaries already serving in Mexico under an interdenominational mission wanted to make their work distinctively Baptist. The missionaries began their work in the mountain towns of Villa Juarez and Huauchinango, Puebla, and the growing city of Poza Rica, Veracruz. The work in Poza Rica began with home Bible classes, and soon there were enough believers to organize the Bethel Baptist Church. Since that time, missionaries have established 14 other churches in three states and in Mexico City.
One of the most important works in Mexico is training godly pastors and workers. A Bible Institute was begun in 1967 in Poza Rica and is now under the leadership of Mexican pastors. In 1991 a national association of Baptist churches was organized. The association is now composed of 30 churches, including 12 congregations among the Totonac Indians. The association established a video Bible institute to train pastors and workers for the Totonac Indians.
The work in the state of Veracruz is now in the hands of nationals. Our missionaries are developing works in Mexico City, Poza Rica, Santiago, and Rio Bravo.
We praise the Lord for the growing number of national pastors. However, the harvest is still plenteous and the laborers are still few. Pray that the Lord of the Harvest will send more missionaries soon into the wide-open door of Mexico.
Church planters and Bible teachers are needed to further the growth of Bible-preaching Baptist churches in Mexico.