Land & People
Mexico has one of the highest growths in population in the world—from an estimated 20 million in 1940 to over 95 million today. Metropolitan Mexico City is one of the world’s largest cities, with about 21 million people.
Whereas Mexico is listed as approximately 83 percent Roman Catholic, only about 15 percent or less are practicing their religion. Five percent of the country adheres to biblical Christianity.
In 1992, changes were made in Mexico's constitution concerning religious associations to 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.
Year Entered by BMM1960
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 22 churches in three states and in Mexico City.
One of the most important works in Mexico is training godly pastors and workers. The first Bible Institute was begun in 1967 in Poza Rica Veracruz. Another was established in Mexico City in 1999. They are both under the leadership of Mexican pastors today. Two additional institutes have been started in recent years. Since 1982 dozens of indigenous pastors and leaders among the Totonac villages in Veracruz and Puebla have been trained through a video Bible school. They and their churches have become Baptist as a result.
Our missionaries are developing works in Mexico City and Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas.
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, Bible teachers, and camp administrators are needed to further the growth of Bible-preaching Baptist churches in Mexico.
Learn more about Mexico here.