This month, we are upholding the people of this nation in our prayers.
Mexico! So many Canadians love to visit Mexico, enjoying it vibrant culture, warm beaches, and incredible dining. Variety is the spice of life! From the mega-urban Mexico City to the southern mountains and forests, from the warm beaches to the dry regions, and from the Spanish traditions to tribal areas, Mexico presents endless faces. Besides Spanish, there are 190 tribal languages.
The sophisticated Aztec Empire in Central Mexico was destroyed by the Spanish in the 16th Century. Smallpox killed millions. Shortly following independence from Spain in 1821, much of northern Mexico was lost to the United States in 1848 under the terms of the treaty negotiated to bring an end to the Mexican-American war. The year 1910 marked the beginning of the Mexican Revolution which in time gave birth to Mexico’s current constitution, signed in 1917. Today, there is a strong central government led by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. With a population of 126 million, Mexico has three and a half times Canada’s population.
The Constitution of 1857 helped put into effect a separation of church and state and today, Mexico is a secular state, guaranteeing freedom of religion. Notwithstanding, evangelical Christians do face persecution in some parts of the nation.
The Catholic Church in Mexico, which dominated life for 300 years, is today split into many factions: historic conservatives, liberation theologians, charismatics, and syncretic “popular Catholicism.” The later include gods and goddesses of Amerindian spiritism. A large part of the Amerindian population, although baptized Roman Catholic, still adheres to pre-conquest religious practices.
Reasons for praise:
Reasons to intercede for Mexico:
(Information taken from Wikipedia, and Jason Mandryk, Operation World, 7th Edition, 2010)