Area: 1,958,201 sq km
Latin America’s third largest country. Wide range of topography and rainfall ranging from arid northern plateau, central volcanic plateau and the southern mountains and rain forests. Only 10% of the country is arable.
Population: 110,645,154 Annual Growth: 0.99%
Capital: Mexico City
Official language: Spanish; the world’s largest Spanish-speaking nation Languages: 297 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Increasing freedom for ministry continues, a contrast from the oppressive Catholic monopoly of decades past. Even the government municipal, state and national levels is more open to evangelical work as a counter to the seemingly unsolvable problems of gangs, drug trafficking, kidnappings and violence.
The relationship with the USA shapes Mexico inexorably. Despite resentment on both sides, the reality is that the countries need each other. Pray for:
a) Political-economic cooperation. The economies of both nations could benefit from truly fair trade and movement of goods and services. Pray for equitable relations and for justice to prevail in all dealings between the nations.
b) Collaborative law enforcement is necessary to thwart the drug cartels as well as human trafficking. There is no love lost, but only cooperation and trust will overcome the wickedness that seeks to prosper on both sides of the border.
c) Immigration and labour issues. Migrant Mexican labour in California and other US border states has long been a feature of national life. They number nearly 13 million and are overwhelmingly male and predominantly young. There are many implications to their presence:
i Those trying to enter the USA number more than one million each year, hundreds of them dying in the attempt. They are also a huge drain on US coffers via the costs of border protection.
ii Those left behind. Millions in Mexico depend on earnings made by relatives who successfully find work in the USA. Downturns in the US economy impact Mexico deeply. Some towns in Mexico have almost no able-bodied men, as all have left for America.
iii Those already in the USA. Many work demanding jobs for long hours and little pay. Some US states economies would collapse without the informal economy driven by Mexican migrants. Many Mexicans also find Jesus while away from home, since there are many opportunities for them to hear the gospel. Pray for ministry in Spanish by CAMI, Avant and many denominational workers in these areas.
For an additional 10 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Mexico.