The Wallace Family - Independent Baptist Missionaries to Mexico City

Mission Field - Mexico City

The Need

  • If Mexico City had 330 missionaries they would each need to reach 100,000 people to evangelize the city
  • The growth rate nearly 2,000 people daily.
  • There are 800,000 college students in Mexico City without one separated Gospel witness, (300,000 alone in the world's largest university - UNAM).
  • One half of the population is under the age of 20. Children under 15 make up 63% of population.
  • There are millions of children, with 200,000 being born yearly in Mexico City.
  • Over one million children are orphans.
  • There are areas of 2-3 million people without one Gospel preaching missionary.

The Size

  • 10% of Latin America's population
  • More people than all the countries in Central America
  • Only 3 countries, Brazil, Argentina, and Columbia have more people than Mexico City in Latin America.
  • Air pollution is very bad, so the city bans one fifth of its cars each day of the workweek, which is determined by its license plate number.
  • The Largest taxi fleet in the world is found in Mexico City.  The city boasts a fleet of over 60,000 taxis.
  • Mexico City covers 571 square miles. The metro area covers  900 sq miles.
  • Compared to North America
    • 7.5% of North America's population
    • More people than Canada
    • Over twice the size of New York City
    • More people than each of the following areas of the United States:
      • Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
      • West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey
      • Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

The History

Almost 700 years ago, on an island in the water of Lake Texcoco, the Aztecas founded Tenochtitlan.  Tenochtitlán was built in 1325 by the Aztecs. It was destroyed by the Spanish when they conquered Mexico. Hernando Cortez first entered the Valley of Mexico in 1519. With fewer than 200 soldiers and a few horses, he conquered the Aztecs. In 1521 the Spanish destroyed the city of Tenochtitlán.

This ancient wonder later became the largest capital city the world has ever known.  The city's secular past melds three distinct cultures; the prehispanic, the colonial and the modern.  These unique personalities have came together in the anthology we know today as Mexico City.  Prehispanic influences can still be found in the faces of its people and the buildings and monuments built by their ancestors.  In contrast, Historic Downtown illustrates Mexico's Colonial period, with ornate religious buildings and architecturally masterful civic plazas that remain among the most beautiful in the world.  With towering skyscrapers, sophisticated shopping malls and world-class hotels, modern day Mexico City is at the forefront on the XXI Century.  This brilliant combination of history, tradition and modernization makes Mexico City one of the world's most fascinating destinations.

The Facts

  • Elevation: 7,400 feet/ 2256 meters
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 25.7 inches/ 65 centimeters
  • Average January Temperature: 68 degrees
  • Average July Temperature: 77 degrees
  • Major Industries: construction and the production of chemicals, plastics, cement, and yarns and textiles.
  • Mexico City is situated on the southern end of the Anahuac Plateau.