The Mexican state of Chiapas is located at the bottom of the country both geographically and economically. Nearly one million of the approximately 3.9 million inhabitants in the state speak an indigenous dialect other than Spanish as their primary (or only) language. Among the indigenous, many families live in single room, dirt floor dwellings, built with wood and mud. The gospel has made in-roads in recent years within Chiapas but there are still thousands of souls without Christ. And although it is generally not dangerous for outsiders, many national evangelical believers face active persecution and discrimination for their faith.
“55% of Mexico’s hydroelectric energy is produced in Chiapas. However, Chiapas remains the poorest state in Mexico. Ninety-four of its 111 municipalities live on the poverty line. In [the eastern side of the state], 48% of the adults are illiterate. 80% of the families earn less than $245 USD a month and 70% have no electricity.” –Wikipedia
- About Comitán
Comitán de Dominguez is a colonial city located approximately 40 miles north of the Guatemalan border high in the Sierra Madre mountain range, at an estimated 7,000 feet above sea level. The weather fluctuates from the high 70’s-80’s during the day dropping down to cool lower 50’s in the night. Over 130,000 people live within the city itself and a multitud of distinct indigenous groups surround the area. There are many tourist attractions surrounding Comitán. Whether exploring the ancient Mayan ruins of Tenam Puente, the crystal clear lakes of Montebello or the beautiful waterfalls of El Chiflon, visitors will find there is plenty to see and do.
Chiapas – State Promo Video