Mexico Ciudad Juarez Mission


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Description

The Mexico Ciudad Juarez Mission is a new mission that began July 2013. Located on the border of the United States and Mexico (near El Paso, Texas), the city is industrious, providing jobs for many. Eighty percent of Mexico’s population belongs to the Roman Catholic Church, with attendance rates at about 47 percent. Many Mexican towns and cities have their own patron saints, which are celebrated with yearly feasts. Generally, they are a Christian people.

 

The Church

Located in Ciudad Juarez is one of Mexico’s twelve temples. In the immediate area alone there are about 12,000 members organized into five stakes. Missionaries are encouraged to work through the members, help reactivate the less-actives and continue to do personal street contacting and tracking.

The church arrived in Mexico in 1876, when Brigham Young sent a group of six missionaries to take Spanish learning materials about the church to Mexico. In 1895, Mexico’s first stake was organized in Colonia Juarez. In 1930, local missionaries were called to share the gospel resulting in 5,300 members by 1946. The church continues to grow in Mexico with 1,317,700 members.

Food

As a missionary in Mexico, expect to eat a lot of tortillas, rice, beans, corn, and chili peppers often paired with meat, cheese, herbs and spices. Typically, the food is flavorful and spicy. Often, “Taco de Vapor,” a steamed taco full of meat and cheese will be eaten for breakfast.  Another traditional dish called, “Chili Relleno,” is a large hollowed-out green pepper, stuffed with meat, potatoes, cheese, rolled in a batter and deep fried.

Traditionally, the main meal is eaten during the afternoon with a soup served first. Street vendors are also quite popular, selling tacos, quesadillas, tortas, roasted chicken, and other traditional Mexican dishes.

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Like most areas of Mexico, street vendors are everywhere in this mission.

Transportation

Missionaries typically walk and use local bus transportation.

Safety

See Ciudad Juarez Crime and Safety Report

https://www.osac.gov/Pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=14380

 

Customs

Mariachi performing groups are traditional bands composed of singers, guitars, trumpets, and other instruments that regularly perform at festivals and restaurants. Traditional music and dancing are still performed and enjoyed today. Rock and pop, as well as more traditional music styles—like norteña and ranchera—are very popular as well.

Soccer is the by far the most popular sport in Mexico; kids play it in the streets and everyone gathers to watch and support their teams. Baseball, however, is also quite popular along with Lucha libre wrestling and bullfighting.

One of the biggest holidays is Mexican Independence Day which is celebrated on September 16.

A Quinceanera, a lavish 15 year old girl’s birthday party, is another common, traditional celebration as well as Infant baptism in the Catholic Church.

Essential Equipment

Good shoes are a must as there is lots of walking in this mission.

Small hand sanitizer bottles are essential to pack and use constantly. Baby powder is also often used to keep dry.

Short sleeve white shirts and black pants are recommended (to make sweating less-noticeable compared to gray).

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Profile

Mexico
President Rodolfo Derbez

Avenida Ramón Rivera Lara #7010
Fraccionamiento Las Asequias
32617 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua
Mexico

Spanish
Cuidad Juarez: 1,506,198
Catholicism
June to August is the hot summer season and rarely rains. January to February is the cold, winter season. Due to high altitude in Ciudad Juarez, winters get colder than other deserts cities in Mexico. A few times each winter it will even snow.

Experiences

What items were hard to get or not available?

Seeing as Ciudad Juarez Mission is close to the border of the US and Mexico, American products are easier to come by here than in other parts of Mexico.

 What did you eat the most of?

Salsa, beans, rice, tortilla, and fresh fruit like mangoes.

 What is the craziest thing you ate?

Pig intestine and Menduo which is a soup made with cow stomach.

What advice would you give to someone going to this Mission?

Work as hard as you can so you don’t have any regrets. Embrace the culture. Don’t be hard on yourself with the language rather just work at it everyday and go at your own pace.

 

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