Southern Mexico has a high concentration of indigenous minority groups that maintain separate identities and speak indigenous languages. Christians in these areas, representing about three percent of the population in this part of Mexico, understand the power of the Gospel and the importance of reaching out to others. When presenting the Gospel in new areas, persecution by village religious leaders usually occurs. It is common for evangelists, pastors and missionaries to travel several hours or even days in their efforts to reach different minority communities. Even with these challenges, the number of Christians has steadily increased.
Life for Christians:
Christian converts are rejected by their communities and often forced from their homes and villages. This means they also lose their jobs, inheritance, as well as their land. Those who can remain in their communities are marginalized, partly because they don’t participate in pseudo-religious celebrations sanctioned by tribal priests involving drunkenness, debauchery and pagan religious rites.