YMI Latin America

Latin America was one of YMI’s earliest regions of ministry, specifically in Mexico. 

With a population of over 26 million, Mexico City is among the top five largest cities in the world. However, many do not realize that the average age of Mexico City’s 26 million people is fifteen years old.

This challenge alone serves as a compelling reason for Youth Ministry International to be training youth workers in this region.

After more than 100 years of Gospel ministry freedom, Mexico remains less than 5% evangelical. Of these evangelical communities, youth ministry is not having success reaching the new pop youth culture.

Mexico’s YMI ministry team, led by Jon Barr, Interim Latin America Director, is gradually making progress toward equipping youth ministers at both the academic and informal training levels.

Latin America is considered the most Christian of continents because of the long history of Roman Catholicism ever since the time of the Conquistadors. But the Evangelical Church as been growing rapidly and missionaries are actually being sent out from Latin America to other regions of the world.

The overall population is relatively young, so the opportunities for effective, impactful youth ministries are many,


Cuba is a shining example of Youth Ministry International’s successful Youth Ministry Leadership training effort. 

Since 2008 more than 200 Cuban youth leaders have graduated with a bachelor or masters degree in youth ministry as a result of YMI’s partnership with three evangelical seminaries.

These leaders have in turn trained more than 2,000 volunteer church youth leaders. For the first time in Cuba’s evangelical history several churches now have full-time paid youth pastors.

This was a direct result of Youth Ministry International’s academic training program in partnership with Cuban seminaries.

Latin America Ministry Spotlights

Effective Training of Trainers in Cuba

Translator of Youth Culture, Mexico

Monterrey, Mexico Youth Ministry

Vision Trip to the Nation of Cuba