Population: 112.3 million
Capital: Mexico City
Official language: Spanish
Major religion: Catholicism
IFES movement: Compañerismo Estudiantil, A.C. (Compa)
Mexico is a country with various deep problems: social and economic inequality, social and political corruption, and an apathy and indifference to these issues. Being a Christian in this context requires integrity as well as an interest in and commitment to solve these and other problems.
- more than 2,000 university campuses
- 18 full-time workers, 12 part-time, 50 volunteers
- ministers amongst 1700 students and 300 graduates in 25 states of Mexico
- 235 groups: 175 university groups, 25 high school groups and 35 graduates’ groups
- largest group: Mexico City (more than 300 students and 30 groups)
- smallest group: Zacatecas (6 students)
Compa has seen a recent influx of a new generation of students and staff workers – 10 staffworkers and 55 new groups have joined in the last three years. There are four regional staff and recently two new posts have been filled – one in fund development and one in literature development. In addition, Compa has sent a missionary to Honduras and is now the process of sending a staff worker to another country.
Students are enthusiastic and committed to discipleship and evangelism. The main challenge facing Compa right now is raising the necessary funds to sustain growth, train new staff and pioneer in eight states. Students and staff are excited, however, as they prepare to host the IFES World Assembly in 2015.
A view from the inside
Blas López has been General Secretary since 2007. He writes: ‘Through Compa I grew to love and study scripture, and helping students to do the same is something that encourages me a lot. Seeing students serving and sharing their faith as a result of bible study is the most rewarding thing the Lord can give.
‘Verses that constantly encourage me are those that bring clarity to my calling and ministry, such as John 15:16: “You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.”
‘It inspires me to see how despite the many human errors in the history of Compa, and even in the present, the lord has kept us and has made us grow .... his grace continues!’
- for students to be faithful to the lord and his word;
- for greater commitment to serve and reach their generation with the gospel;
- for growth in numbers to be matched by mature discipleship.