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

A man and woman sitting on a bench in their house in Chile wearing jackets
Chile

Help Provide Gospel Transformation in Chile

A man hospitalized with COVID-19 received healing prayer and put his faith in Christ, and native Christian workers continued to visit him 80 miles from their church base to share the gospel with his family. “Then we evangelized their neighbors, and several people accepted Jesus as their Savior, and they have started flocking to us,” the ministry leader said.

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A group of Christians stand together for a picture in their church which is made from gray bricks and a concrete floor
Latin America

Help Workers Share the Gospel in Mexico

A native Christian worker is visiting a town that is very closed to the gospel in order to reach people from his own ethnic group. “He is constantly visiting that community with the purpose of raising a church,” the ministry leader said. Workers are bringing the Good News to another ethnic group in two towns that have become open to their visits.

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Peruvian missionary reads a passage of the Bible to a man in the woods
Latin America

Enable Evangelistic Outreach in Peru

A woman who accepted Christ at one of the churches of a native ministry shared the gospel with her husband for years, but he was not interested. Her death left the 60-year-old widower in a remote village in the Andes deeply anguished, and the gospel seed planted in him began to germinate.

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Mexican Christian Evangelist praying for a Mexican man in a shed
Latin America

Send the Message of Eternal Life in Mexico

An alcoholic who burglarized the home of a native Christian worker later threatened him so severely that he had to leave town with his family for a few days. The aggressor himself was later forced to leave the area because of his violent ways, and he became so emotionally distraught that he sought the worker’s help.

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Brazilian man standing in front of others leading a bible study in a home with a tin roof
Brazil

Provide Gospel Resources in Brazil

Tribal people have eagerly received solar audio Bibles in their native tongue and are growing closer to God. Local Christian workers are also distributing SD cards that contain the Jesus Film in the local language, as well as hymns and Bible study materials. These SD cards are placed in used cell phones collected in churches.

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Latin America

Equip Workers to Share the Gospel in Mexico

Through Bible studies, Sunday schools and other outreaches, native Christian workers are proclaiming the Good News. A 15-year-old girl at-risk from a troubled family came to a ministry’s orphanage and recently accepted Christ.

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