Roman Catholicism is the main religion, accounting for 82.7%, while 9.7% belonged to other Christianity related denominations, including Evangelicals (5.2%), Pentecostal (1.6%), and other Protestant reforms (0.7%) ), Jehovah’s Witnesses (1.4%), Seventh-day Adventists (0.6%), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (0.3%). Less than 0.2% belong to other non-Christian religions; 4.7% declare no religion; 2.7% are unknown.
Mexico is the second largest Catholic country in the world, with approximately 90 million Catholics, second only to Brazil. 47% of them attended the weekly mass. Every December 12th, the festival of the patron saint of Mexico-Our Lady of Guadalupe-is the most important religious holiday of the country.
The Needs in Latin America
The Needs of the Chinese in all countries of Latin America
Latin America has 34 countries, include Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia……etc. The Chinese people there are distressed and displaced, their hearts are empty, and their lives only depend on work and money. Chinese people often gather for gambling, which has become a family and marriage problem, children’s education and growth problems, etc. There are many Chinese in remote cities. It takes more than a few hours to more than 10 hours to visit them by car. There is a lack of workers to visit and spread the Good News to them.
The Needs of the Chinese in Mexico
There are many Chinese people working and doing business in cities and towns outside Mexico City. They only want to make more money and look for business opportunities for relocating to this place. The number of this group of Chinese is also quite large, there are more than 40,000 Chinese registered with the Mexican government in 2005. (Not counting those who are not registered with the government) There are more than 20,000 people in Mexico City and more than 20,000 people outside the city. The number of Chinese people moving to Mexico is increasing, the field is large but lack of workers.
Concern for the people of Latin America
The Latin American countries are predominantly Roman Catholic, with over 400 million Catholics in Latin America, most of them have a little knowledge of the faith, but also have a mix of local folk beliefs and worship. They seem to know the Lord Jesus Christ, but their faith is mixed with many false teachings. They need to know the one true God.
Local heresies are rising and pagans are trying to spread their beliefs, and non-believers do not know the difference between true and false Christianity. There are many hungry, poor, uneducated and non-Spanish speaking people in various countries wandering around for begging money. They are scattered, as if they had no shepherd. There is a lack of workers who are willing to love and serve them.
Northwest Mexico Ministry Direction
- Open up and visit the Chinese people
- Build up relationships with local churches and partner to develop local ministries
- Nurture and train committed believers and seminarians for cross-cultural ministry in our workshops
- Provide Chinese culture and language classes to serve as a bridge to evangelise the local people and the Chinese
- Promote and nurture local believers to reach out to local and Chinese people