Aug 31: Mexico

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United Mexican States

Latin America

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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

Urbanites: 77.8%

HDI Rank: 53 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 317 (4% unreached) All peoples
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Official language: Spanish; the world’s largest Spanish-speaking nation    Languages: 297 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

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Answer to Prayer

The missions movement is beginning to blossom and play a greater role globally. The numbers of missionaries sent out from Mexico, mission agencies, training institutions and mobilizing events have mushroomed in recent years.

     For an additional 2 Answers to Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

Challenge for Prayer

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 11 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Mexico.