Rural Areas

The Circle of Silence

Circle of Silence

What is the Circle of Silence?

It’s an area in Central Mexico, with almost no gospel witness. The region is mostly rural and has 115 districts comprising a population of over 23 million people—the largest concentration of unreached people in Spanish-speaking Latin America. Less than one in 100 know Jesus. We believe that no one should ever live and die without having the opportunity to say “Yes” to Jesus as their Saviour and Lord.

Some facts:

  • 23 million children, women and men in Central Mexico have no relationship with Christ.
  • Few evangelical churches and only one in 10 Mexican church leaders have some Bible training.
  • A strong culture of religious syncretism (Catholicism, animism and the occult), persecution, and poverty.

Most of the 115 districts of the Circle of Silence are considered rural and many areas containing between 2,500 and 90,000 people have no evangelical Christian church.

What is a rural community?

A “rural” community is usually a cluster of houses in an isolated and neglected area that does not have commercial services like larger towns and is cut-off from larger communities due to the distance and difficulty of travel.