Latin America

Overview

Latin America’s Protestant population is booming, yet the region is still home to high numbers of unreached people groups. Brazil tops the chart of Latin American countries with the most unreached people groups. Mexico is number two, followed by Peru and Colombia.

Mexico’s Oaxaca State, for instance, is the most ethnically diverse entity in the world. In one 36-square-mile area of the state, more than 200 languages and dialects are spoken. Peru is home to many “unengaged” tribes who live in the jungles of Amazonia, isolated from society.

In contrast, Peru’s evangelical population has dramatically increased from 1 percent in 1960 to 11.15 percent in 2017. However, Peruvian Christians suffer from a lack of trained leadership, leading to false teaching within some churches.

Poverty, gangs, and drug trafficking are some of the biggest challenges to the spread of the gospel in Latin America.

Many of the indigenous ministries we assist are addressing each of these challenges; for instance, in Ecuador, a ministry provides theological training to inmates at 12 prisons where they have planted churches. Former murderers and drug traffickers are now seminary students and leaders inside prison churches. Once they are released, they have an opportunity to learn a viable skill through the ministry’s rehabilitation program.

How You Can Make a Difference

Native missionaries in Latin America persevere in sharing the gospel in some of the world’s most dangerous mission fields—where gangs, drug traffickers, and hostile animist communities view them as a threat to their territories. They need your support to help them enter towns and villages through community engagement projects like small businesses and vocational training centers, which have proven effective in opening hearts to the gospel message.

Ways To Give

Mexican Christians sit at a table listening to a presentation on local missions

Evangelism & Discipleship

In Oaxaca State, Mexico, where over 200 languages and dialects are spoken, a ministry is training missionaries to reach the region’s many unreached people groups.

Guatemalan children sit at their desks in school with a notebook and pencil in hand

Community Engagement

In the slums of Guatemala City, an indigenous ministry provides more than 100 poverty-stricken children with afterschool recreation and discipleship in God’s Word.

Peruvian girls wearing decorative dresses sit on the ground drinking water from blue mugs

Compassion

An indigenous ministry in the Peruvian Andes cares for poor children by providing them with nutritious meals, usually their only meal of the day, and tutoring.

Exclusive Stories from the Mission Field

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Community Service For The Sake Of The Gospel

Seventeen-year-old Mateo* hated his parents for the years of physical and verbal abuse he suffered at their hands. His resentment toward his family coupled with the constant peer pressure from his friends weighed heavy on his shoulders, and the burden grew more difficult to carry each day. But on the day that he met a native missionary in his rural community, his life changed in a way he never could have imagined.
The missionary told him about Jesus. About forgiveness and redemption and transformation. Mateo soaked up the truths the missionary taught him, and in return, the missionary listened to Mateo’s own troubling life story. Their conversation came exactly when Mateo needed it the most; and as the Holy Spirit moved, Mateo gave his life to Christ.
After he chose to follow Jesus, Mateo received a Bible that he read all the time, and he visited the missionary each day to discuss the stories he’d learned about in Scripture. He even forgave his parents, and with that forgiveness, the burden he’d struggled with for so long was lifted. Now, his once bleak outlook on life has dramatically shifted: he hopes to become a missionary, preaching among indigenous communities and helping change lives as his own was changed.

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Colombia

Reach Communities For Christ in Colombia

A man who struggled with suicidal thoughts attended an outreach event organized by a native ministry in an indigenous community, and God spoke directly into his heart. Not only did he choose to follow Jesus, but God also freed him of his desire to end his life.

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Chile

Meet The Need For More Church Plants in Chile

A native ministry started a small congregation in a local man’s home, and now 10 adults and seven children worship together there every two weeks. This is just one example of the many church plants Christian workers have established, and the need for more churches continues to increase.

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Argentina

Encourage New Believers Into Deeper Faith in Argentina

A man devastated by the unfaithfulness of his partner came to church at the invitation of his brother and heard the gospel. The next day, a ministry worker visited him to have a deeper conversation about Christ, and the man gave his life to the Lord and was baptized. Now, he regularly attends Bible studies and serves in the men’s ministry.

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Latin America

Open Gospel Opportunities in Mexico

To work among indigenous peoples who have resisted the gospel for centuries, native missionaries received training that includes practice periods among different tribes. In two areas they are also providing education to poor children, meeting a deep need as indigenous children have very limited access to schools. “We are equipping our workers with more and better educational and technological tools to carry out this work,” the ministry leader said.

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Brazil

Help Save the Unreached in Brazil

In an area rife with criminals and warring tribes, native ministry workers received some tribal people fleeing dangers and provided them with solar-powered audio Bibles. “We praise God, because one enemy group is opening their hearts to hear about the gospel,” the ministry leader said. Workers throughout the country need donations to share the gospel and disciple those who receive His grace. Pray that new churches would be strong and unified.

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