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Mexico

Prayer Needs:

• Pray for the love and forgiveness of Jesus to overpower the strongholds of crime, violence, and corruption.

• Pray for the LCMS missionaries serving in Mexico.

• Pray for government leaders to seek God's righteousness.

• Pray for an increase of Christian discipleship.

Country Situation:

Mexico is a unique combination of ancient indigenous traditions and thriving modern cities. Handcrafted works of art, picturesque beaches, and the temple-pyramids of ancient empires all make this nation truly remarkable in its cultural and natural beauty. Even with a reformed and growing free-market economy and developing middle class, the nation faces serious concerns with wide socio-economic disparity, poor job conditions for over half its workers, and high underemployment.This is the second most violent country in the world, with one of the highest kidnapping rates. Drug trafficking cartels and the resulting gang violence have left tens of thousands dead, with over 20,000 homicides in 2016 alone. Neglected rural areas, massive urban shanty towns, and rampant poverty present huge social challenges.

Ninety-five percent of Mexicans identify as Christian. Many are cultural Catholics and blend Christianity with traditional pagan beliefs. There remains a great need for this Christian majority to replace cultural faith with a vibrant and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Although Protestantism is increasingly accepted - about 8% are evangelical - they have faced widespread persecution and violence from organized crime, corrupt officials, and even their own families. Even so, the Evangelical Church is growing and stands in great need of discipleship, sound Biblical doctrine, and strong Christian leadership. Sources: (OperationWorld.org and PrayerCast.com)

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Rejoice with us as we spread the Gospel, plant Lutheran churches and show mercy across Latin America. Our missionaries and partner churches support 43 church plants, giving faithful witness in 14 countries.We celebrate with you all, that through His Word, our dear Lord Jesus extends His church through His mighty Holy Spirit so that we might together make His Name known to those who sit in darkness.

Source: lcms.org

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Rev. Andrew and Kelsey Schlund

Serving the Lord in Mexico

Rev. Andrew and Kelsey Schlund serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Mexico. Andrew currently serves as a pastor at La Iglesia Luterana del Buen Pastor (Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd). He also works with other missionaries in the theological education of existing pastors and possible future pastors. Through the relationships that are formed, Andrew and Kelsey seek to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the people of Mexico.

 

Learn about the LCMS missionaries and the work of the LCMS in Mexico.

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