Latin America

Latin America

From pioneering work in Peru to an arts festival in Guatemala, environmental outreach projects in Panama and drama performances of Mark’s gospel in Brazil: the IFES Latin America region is full of creative students who want others to know Jesus and want to see the gospel transform their societies. But Latin America faces huge challenges as well — both in the university and in the wider society. Inequality, violence, corruption and environmental disasters affect the every day lives of students and their communities.

In this challenging context it has been exciting to see a new generation of students built up, passionate about social justice and evangelism. Through training and grant programs, IFES is investing in student leaders, empowering them to speak out against environmental destruction, sexual violence and corruption, and equipping them to proclaim to their friends the hope Jesus brings.

National movements in Latin America are seeing more and more students reached with the good news – through individuals sharing the gospel on their campuses, and through pioneering on new campuses. IFES is currently supporting the launch of 113 new student groups across the region, including 51 in Mexico alone.

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Latin America Snapshots

  • 20
    Affiliated movements
  • 1953
    first movement affiliated to IFES (Compa Mexico)
  • 24.5
    million university students
  • 153
    million young people in the region
  • ABUB Brazil and Compa Mexico: largest movements
  • GBUP Paraguay: smallest movement

Regional Staff Team

  • David Bahena
    David BahenaRegional Secretary
  • Gisela Muñoz
    Gisela Muñoz Sub-Regional Coordinator for Spanish-speaking Caribbean
  • Carmen Castillo
    Carmen Castillo Sub-Regional Coordinator for Southern Cone
  • Marina Medina Moreno
    Marina Medina Moreno Sub-Regional Coordinator for Central America and Mexico