When we had spoken with friends in Yucatan about our upcoming move to Mexico City (CDMX) because of our role change to area directors, most of them raised their eyebrows at the news. Their looks seemed to say that we might want to reconsider the decision.
“Donâ€™t wear a watch or jewelry!” They warned us. “It will likely be stolen, and there are so many people, with the pushing and shoving, you may not even notice.â€
A conversation with one leader revealed another opinion, â€œMexico City is an atheistic city,” he said. â€œThe people there donâ€™t seem to have time for God.”
While driving, or perhaps better described crawling, in our Speed the Light vehicle through traffic has introduced us to some of the congestion that our friends and acquaintances referred to, weâ€™ve encountered a different Mexico City in many ways than the one that they had described.
To begin with, Mexico City is filled with parks and green spaces that serve as an escape from the population density. A 30 minute walk from our home is all it takes to reach the Xochimilco Ecological Park and scenes like the one above. Itâ€™s such a contrast from the hustle and bustle described that, when weâ€™re there, itâ€™s easy to forget that weâ€™re in Mexico City.
Also, observations of our surroundings and the increasing conversations that weâ€™ve had in the neighborhood and in local businesses have shown a surprising level of spiritual interest. From eastern mysticism to more traditional expressions of faith, there seems to be a genuine hunger to connect with the divine. Unfortunately, still too few in Mexico City have had an encounter with Jesusâ€”the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Weâ€™re glad, then, to have had these opportunities to share our faith and pray that our neighbors will soon be our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Yes, Mexico City is a megalopolis, a center of tremendous population and a place of frenetic activity, but thatâ€™s simply one of its stories. Weâ€™re thankful to be able discover its other stories of beauty and spiritual hunger. We invite you to pray with us that this hunger will be satisfied.
Would you like to know more about Mexico City from a missionaryâ€™s perspective? Take a look at this issue of Worldview magazine.