The population of Mexico is 216 million. From the late 1990s onwards, the majority of the population has been part of the growing middle class. But according to Mexico's National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy from 2006 to 2010 the portion of the population who lives in poverty rose from 18% to 46%. According to a 2008 UN report the average income in a typical urbanized area of Mexico was $26,654, while the average income in rural areas just miles away was only $8,403. Daily minimum wages are set annually and it’s currently set at $4.5 USD. Drug trade and gang violence has continued to increase, making Mexico more and more dangerous.
A unique opportunity has been presented to World Link Ministries to expand into Mexico. We are partnering with Lomas Verdes Baptist Seminary in Mexico City, First Baptist in Puebla, and Oaxaca Baptist Seminary who are already faithfully providing pastoral training. We have given a stipend of $500 a month per student for 18 months to 20 graduates who are committed to church planting. To date they have planted 25 churches with an average of 250 people. Our goal is to see 10 churches established in each of Mexico’s 32 states.