Southern Mexico - A group of women - Photo: VOMC

Southern Mexico

Southern Mexico has a high concentration of indigenous minority groups that maintain separate identities and speak indigenous languages. Christians in these areas, representing about three percent of the population in this part of Mexico, understand the power of the Gospel and the importance of reaching out to others. When presenting the Gospel in new areas, persecution by village religious leaders usually occurs. It is common for evangelists, pastors and missionaries to travel several hours or even days in their efforts to reach different minority communities. Even with these challenges, the number of Christians has steadily increased.

Life for Christians:

Christian converts are rejected by their communities and often forced from their homes and villages. This means they also lose their jobs, inheritance, as well as their land. Those who can remain in their communities are marginalized, partly because they don’t participate in pseudo-religious celebrations sanctioned by tribal priests involving drunkenness, debauchery and pagan religious rites.

Current Ministry Project

By supporting a field office in Mexico, VOMC is able to serve as a bridge between persecuted Christians residing within the country and fellow believers located in other parts of the world. The office in Mexico, which is prepared to respond to cases of persecution with spiritual support and humanitarian aid, also conducts training sessions for Mexican Christian leaders and teachers.

Project Fund: Relief and Development

Country Information

130,207,371 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish) (62), Predominantly Amerindian (21), Amerindian (7), other (10)

Religion (%)
Roman Catholic/Syncretism (78) Evangelical (11.2) unaffiliated (10.6)

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (2018)

Government type
Federal presidential republic

Legal system
Civil law system with US constitutional law influence; judicial review of legislative acts

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Mexico

Pray that the Christians residing within these regions will exemplify the grace of God toward those who oppose them. May these believers be further strengthened and encouraged to continue faithfully sharing the Gospel and demonstrating the love of Jesus. Ask the Lord to abundantly bless and multiply their efforts, resulting in a great harvest of lasting spiritual fruit in the lives of those within their communities and beyond – impacting the nation of Mexico as a whole.


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