Latin America’s Protestant population is booming, yet the region is still home to high numbers of unreached people groups. Brazil tops the chart of Latin American countries with the most unreached people groups. Mexico is number two, followed by Peru and Colombia.
Mexico’s Oaxaca State, for instance, is the most ethnically diverse entity in the world. In one 36-square-mile area of the state, more than 200 languages and dialects are spoken. Peru is home to many “unengaged” tribes who live in the jungles of Amazonia, isolated from society.
In contrast, Peru’s evangelical population has dramatically increased from 1 percent in 1960 to 11.15 percent in 2017. However, Peruvian Christians suffer from a lack of trained leadership, leading to false teaching within some churches.
Cuba has also experienced a great spiritual awakening in recent years. In 2017, an indigenous ministry assisted by Christian Aid Mission held 82 evangelistic outreaches across the nation where they shared the gospel with more than 20,000 people.
Poverty, gangs, and drug trafficking are some of the biggest challenges to the spread of the gospel in Latin America.