By: Wenses Salomón Pool Albornoz
Mexico comes from the Nahuatl Mēxihco — “the navel of the moon” — and the country’s official name is the United States of Mexico. Located in the southern part of North America, it’s bordered to the north by the United States, to the southeast by Belize and Guatemala, to the east by the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. With an area of nearly 2 million square kilometers, Mexico is the fourteenth largest country in the world and the eleventh most populated, with approximately 118 million inhabitants. The native language is Spanish, which coexists with 67 indigenous languages.
After a century of practice and 100 years of professionalism, futbol is the most important sport in Mexico. In 2022, Mexico took part in its tenth World Cup, where they hoped to break their unlucky streak of losing their fifth game in the tournament. Unfortunately, this time they were knocked out in the group stage.
Mexican culture is the result of both indigenous tradition and Spanish culture. African culture was also added into the mix when brought by slaves that European colonizers incorporated into the nascent society. The Mayan, Mexica, and Toltec cultures all still stand out in modern Mexican culture today.
“Mariachi” is the term used to refer to musicians of the country’s most popular musical genre of the same name. These performers are traditionally dressed in “charro” (jockey) costumes, and usually accompany celebrations like Mother’s Day, la Virgen de Guadalupe, family parties, or even romantic serenades. Mariachis are always available for immediate hire by passers-by in the famous Garibaldi Square in Mexico City.
The Church of the Nazarene authorized self-support for a mission by S.M. Stafford in 1908, who attended the Chicago Union and Pilot Point assemblies. Months later, Scott and Denis Rogers proposed to the mission board to purchase the Holiness Evangel printing company and move to Tonalá, Chiapas, Mexico, where they would open a new mission field. However, it wasn’t until 1912 when a medical doctor, V. G. Santin, finally established a thriving congregation in the city. The delay was due to a revolution that the country of Mexico was going through at the time.
Many ideologies have entered Mexico, making living harmoniously in the country a challenge. It’s considered a Catholic country, and it is possible to evangelize and do missions work, although there are still restrictions in certain places both for the evangelical church and even for other religions. Pray for the Church of the Nazarene and Christians in this great country! Pray that they will understand the vision God has for Mexico, and that they’ll be able to impact their communities with the unconditional love of Christ. Let’s pray that God will pour out His Holy Spirit upon the nation as he calls children, youth, and adults into a relationship with Him.
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