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Calvary
Christian
Church

907 W. 15th. St.

Hastings, MN 55033

651-437-5950


The official religion in Mexico is Catholicism


The official language is Spanish


Evangelical Christians make up 6% of the population.  Mexico is the second largest Catholic country in the world.  However, a shift has started, and more people are leaving the Catholic Church for an Evangelical one.  A big reason for this change is the many American missionaries serving the needs of the Mexican people.  People are finding Evangelical believers to be more welcoming, involved with the community, and being relevant with the younger generation.  This is a huge step in a country where Catholic rituals run so deep within the culture.  While people are turning to Christ through Evangelical churches, this is still a huge need for these bi-vocational pastors to be trained and equipped to teach Biblical truths.


The History of Mexico


The first know society in Mexico were the Olmecs, dating back to 1200 B.C.  Next came the Mayans who developed a calendar and writing system.  Religion played a chief role in their life.  Other pre-Columbian peoples were the Toltecs and the Aztecs.  In 1519, Spaniard Hernan Cortes came to Mexico, and in 1521 he attacked and conquered the Aztecs.  Spain controlled and enslaved most of the natives, and diseases killed many of them.  Along with Spanish rule, came Catholicism, and many were converted into the Catholic church.  Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821, but then fell into turmoil with various dictators and oppression.  The Mexican people rose up in 1910 and fought a 10-year civil war.  In 1934, Lazaro Cardenas became president, and peace was restored.  Today, there are many in poverty and unable to improve their economic status.  There is and increase in drug trafficking, political and police corruption, and widening gap between the rich and poor.


Cultural fun facts


Mexicans shake hands with every single person when the gather together, and sometimes the kiss each other on the cheek.

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