- the church in Mexico as it has begun to adopt Community Church Planting and has seen some growth in the past year
- wisdom, faith and maturity for both leadership and church members
- transformation in individual lives that will lead to communities being transformed into places of life and peace
- unity among Christians
- churches to be established and multiply in Mexico City, the largest urban area in the Western Hemisphere and the fifth largest in the world
- ICCM-sponsored children to grow in their faith
Mexico has an estimated population of 120 million and is the second-most-populous nation in Latin America. Almost 80% of people live in urban areas. Poverty, addictions, violence and government corruption are all problems. Due to the poor health care system, the economy, and cramped, multigenerational housing, the pandemic caused many to suffer. The Free Methodist Church in Mexico became a provisional general conference in 2016. Because of the pandemic, the general conference couldn’t meet in 2020 but will meet again in September 2022.
A revival in Los Angeles, California, in 1917 sparked the movement for Free Methodists to focus ministry in Mexico. As Mexican churches were raised up in California, workers became burdened for the unevangelized in Mexico. Mexican law forbade foreign missionaries to serve as pastors in Mexico, so Gonzalo Cisneros, a Mexican-American, was authorized by Free Methodist World Missions to return to his home town in Sonora to serve as missionary-pastor. In 1931 the Mexican Provisional Conference, embracing churches in both California and Mexico, was organized in Chino, California.
Another cluster of churches in northeastern Mexico, that became part of the Mexican Conference, was planted by returning laborer Tony Gonzalez.
Bishop Hector Perez
Mexico Provisional General Conference
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- Population: 130,075,000 (78.84% urban)
- Evangelical Christians: 10.32%
Provisional General Conference
- FM Work Opened: 1917
- FM Churches: 64
- FM Membership: 4,828
- Ordained Ministers: 39
- Ministerial Candidates: 58
- Bishop: Hector Perez
- Ecclesiastical Accountability: Free Methodist World Conference
- Major Cities:
- México City (21 million)
- Guadalajara (3.8 million)
- Monterrey (3.5 million)
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Church Planting & Development
Support for Central Mexico Church Planting and Development (CPD) will help resource the following people and strategic initiatives:
- Pastor Hector Perez, who leads this district centered in Mexico City, the largest urban area in the western hemisphere (The district also includes a cluster of churches in the Yucatan Peninsula, a 20-hour bus ride from Mexico City.)
- Following up on contacts from Latino churches in the U.S. to reach family members and plant churches in Mexico
- Creative outreach events in the surrounding communities that focus on children, youth and families
Extra Mile Projects
North Mexico Guadalajara Church Plants
Thanks to evangelism in the north of Mexico a family from Guadalajara came to know Jesus. When they returned to their city, the 10th largest of Latin America, they began house fellowships. Currently there are four fellowships. The Mexican Conference, in the north of Mexico, is sending a missionary family of their own to shepherd and grow these potential churches. These funds will be an important contribution to this missionary effort of the Mexican church.
Mexico North – Rancho Betania Conference Center
Rancho Betania, a Christian Camp and Conference Center in Northwest Mexico, was begun in 1988 as a joint effort between Mexican and American Free Methodist. In the late 1990s leadership transferred to the Mexican Conference, and the camp has prospered, continuing to offer a range of retreat and ministry options to Mexican churches. Operational expenses are funded through the camp’s ministries, but teams from the USA and Canada often participate in capital improvements, repairs and construction projects. This Extra Mile Project enables contributions for work teams and other special gifts.
Extra Mile Projects
Casa Hogar Tabitha (Tabitha’s House)
Funds support this Mexican NGO, registered in Mexico, founded by Ana Guayante in 2009. There are currently two homes, one with four children and one with eight. The children live in a residential home to provide a family atmosphere in which they can receive their education and a Christian home.
Mexico North – Nogales Ministries
This fund helps the Mexican conference (northern Mexico) with church-planting projects, evangelism and discipleship ministries. Also included are: annual gift to the Bible Institute (Instituto Luz y Vida), compassion ministries and Rancho Betania project.
Mexico City Strategic Initiative
México City, México: Hector Perez, fruitful pastor, former superintendent of the Northern Mexico Conference left that role and took a salary cut to become the Director of Central Mexico Mission District.